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Home oxygen
equipment

There are different types of oxygen equipment. Your healthcare professional will select the most effective equipment for your condition and lifestyle

Air Liquide Homecare can only provide the equipment requested by your healthcare professional.  

Your Air Liquide Homecare technician will explain how to use the equipment you have been prescribed and will ensure that it is located in a suitable and safe place for everyday use.

Servicing and Maintenance

Air Liquide Homecare is required to service your equipment and carry out a risk assessment every 3 to 6 months.  It is important that we are able to access your property and equipment to complete this. Failure to allow this may result in your equipment being removed.  

 

Static Equipment

Oxygen Concentrators and cylinders for use in the home

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.

Concentrators use electricity.  Air Liquide will refund  the running cost of the concentrator on behalf of the NHS.  Your technician will check the meter reading on your concentrator as part of the equipment service, please see Electricity Refund for further information.

Please see Patient concentrator user guide for full information

 

Static oxygen cylinders

10 L (Static) cylinders are mainly used as a back-up 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

Equipment for use away from home

Portable oxygen cylinders

Portable oxygen cylinders come in two different sizes.:

  • 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 you 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  so they can be easily carried. They are designed primarily for daytime portable use and are suitable if you are away from home a lot and have high oxygen requirements during the day. There is no need to wait in for cylinder replenishments with this option.

Concentrators use electricity.  Air Liquide will refund  the running cost of the concentrator on behalf of the NHS.  Your technician will check the meter reading on your concentrator as part of the equipment service, please see Electricity Refund for further information.

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.

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

Using Liquid Oxygen Brochure

Dual Purpose Equipment

Equipment to meet your static and ambulatory needs

Dual purpose equipment allows you to meet both your 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 ambulatory oxygen 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 to wait in for cylinder replenishments with this option.

Concentrators use electricity.  Air Liquide will refund  the running cost of the concentrator on behalf of the NHS.  Your technician will check the meter reading on your concentrator as part of the equipment service, please see Electricity Refund for further information.

Homefill

The homefill system acts as both a static concentrator whilst also providing the freedom to fill your own portable cylinders to use whilst away from home.  They are an ideal solution for home oxygen users who want to remain active and do not want to wait in for cylinder replenishments.

Concentrators use electricity.  Air Liquide will refund  the running cost of the concentrator on behalf of the NHS.  Your technician will check the meter reading on your concentrator as part of the equipment service, please see Electricity Refund for further information.

 

Ancillary Items

Products that may be needed with your equipment

Cannulae, face masks, fire breaks, regulators, conservers and humidifiers are ancillary products used with some home oxygen equipment.  Your healthcare professional will discuss these with you when ordering your oxygen.

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. You should never tamper or remove this.

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.