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Home Oxygen Equipment

This page is designed to provide a summary of each type of equipment.  For further information, specification sheets and for assistance in selecting the most appropriate equipment for your patients go to www.airliquidehomehealth.co.uk/hcp/portal.  

If you have any complex patients you have difficulty in selecting equipment for or wish to discuss any other equipment in detail please contact your Air Liquide Homecare Regional Respiratory Advisor.

Static Equipment for use in the home

Static oxygen concentrators and cylinders

Static oxygen concentrators

Static concentrators work by drawing in the air and separating out the oxygen from the other gases using a filter system. This filter traps some gases and allows the oxygen to pass through. The oxygen is delivered to you by tubing which connects to the cannula or mask for you to breathe.

Oxygen concentrators deliver a steady supply of oxygen in the home and are a suitable solution for users with high flow rates and for those who use their oxygen for several hours a day.

Air Liquide refund the running cost of the concentrator to the patient on behalf of the NHS.

Please see Using a Concentrator for full information

Static oxygen cylinders

10 L (Static) cylinders are mainly used as a backup supply to a concentrator in the event of a power cut or machine failure. They are also suitable for patients who require only small amounts of oxygen at home.

Using Cylinders brochure

 

Portable equipment for use away from home

Portable Oxygen Cylinders, Concentrators and Liquid Oxygen

Portable oxygen cylinders

Portable oxygen cylinders come in two different sizes. They have a black body and a white shoulder:

  • 2L (Standard cylinders)
  • 1L (Paediatric cylinders)

Portable oxygen cylinders allow greater mobility outside the home and so are suitable for patients who are active and independent and who still want to be out and about.

They are lightweight so they can be comfortably carried over the shoulder or by using the trolley provided.

Portable cylinders will need to be reordered from Air Liquide when patients have at least one working days supply left.

Using Cylinders brochure

Portable oxygen concentrators

Portable oxygen concentrators take the surrounding air and produce oxygen. They are designed to be lightweight and have an internal battery and trolley so they can be easily carried. They are designed primarily for daytime portable use and are suitable for patients who are away from home a lot and have high oxygen requirements during the day.  There is no need for patients to wait in for cylinder replenishments with this option.

Liquid oxygen

Liquid oxygen systems consist of a base unit (Dewar) and a separate portable unit.

Liquid oxygen is stored in the insulated stainless steel base unit.  The portable units can then be re-filled from the base unit to give you a portable oxygen supply when you are out and about.

Liquide base units will need to be reordered from Air Liquide when patients have at least one working days supply left.

Using Liquid Oxygen Brochure

 

Dual purpose for use in and away from home

Transportable oxygen concentrators and Homefill facility

Dual purpose equipment allow patients to meet both their static and ambulatory needs without having to wait in for cylinder or liquid oxygen refills.

Transportable oxygen concentrators

Transportable concentrators act as both a static concentrator whilst also providing the freedom to continue to use whilst away from home.  They are the ideal solution for home oxygen users who are active and away from home for long periods at a time.  There is no need for patients to wait in for cylinder replenishments with this option.

 

Homefill

The homefill system acts as both a static concentrator whilst also providing patients the freedom to fill their own portable cylinders to use whilst away from home.  They are the ideal solution for home oxygen users who are active and away from home for long periods at a time. There is no need for patients to wait in for cylinder replenishments with this option.

 

Ancillary Items

Cannula, Face Masks, Fire Breaks, Conserving Device, Flowmeters, Humidifiers

Cannulae, face masks, fire breaks, regulators, conservers and humidifiers are ancillary products used with some home oxygen equipment.  

Cannula

A cannula is the most common ancillary item used for breathing oxygen from oxygen equipment. Cannulae consist of a plastic tube which fits behind the ears and a set of two prongs which are placed in the nose.

Face Masks

Some users will require a face mask as an alternative method to breathe oxygen.

Fire Breaks

A fire break is a safety device fitted between a cannula or mask and the tubing attached to the oxygen equipment.

Conserving Device

An oxygen conserving device delivers oxygen in an intermittent flow instead of a continuous flow. It conserves the supply of oxygen available in the cylinder.

Flowmeter

A flowmeter is a device that is attached to the regulator and is used to control the oxygen flow. It also controls lower flow rates for paediatric patients.

Humidifier

A humidifier is a small plastic container attached to the front of a concentrator which allows moisture to mix with oxygen before being passed through the cannula to the user.