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Frequently Asked Questions

Oxygen Therapy

Research shows using oxygen significantly improves patients’ quality of life and the benefits are usually immediate. Patients have more energy, an increase in overall brain health and functions, and a renewed sense of freedom.
A possible downside to oxygen therapy is that some users experience a bit of dryness in their nose or sinuses from receiving oxygen. Patients find they need to experiment with several types of cannulas (the tube device placed in the nostrils to deliver supplemental oxygen) or skin gels in order to achieve the ideal setup. Fortunately, recent innovations in cannula technology now allow for a softer, cushioned, and more comfortable fit than ever before.

Medical-grade oxygen is treated as a medication, and just like any other medication, your doctor must prescribe it with specific instructions regarding how much to use and how often. 
A prescription typically includes the following information:
* Specifics about oxygen usage/frequency
* Recommended dosage (liters per minute)
* Defined delivery device
* Continuous v Pulse Dose
* Doctors’ contact information

A common myth is that oxygen is addictive and by using supplemental oxygen, you will become more dependent upon it and subsequently weaken your natural ability to process oxygen. This is simply not true. Using supplemental oxygen will allow the natural processes in your body to work more efficiently, decrease excess strain, and increase your overall health.

Portable Oxygen Concentrators

Oxygen concentrators vary in many ways. We can help you compare dosage settings, sizes, and features to determine which concentrators are best for your unique situation.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ruled that all passengers who require oxygen must be allowed to bring FAA-approved POCs on all U.S. aircraft with more than 19 seats. Foreign airlines must also allow portable oxygen concentrators on all flights to and from U.S soil. All OxygenDirect POCs are FAA approved, which means you can safely take with you when flying. Please contact us before booking flights so we can properly guide you on how to fly and use your Portable Oxygen Container on a plane.

Not all concentrators are built the same way and many modern concentrators are designed for the owner to undertake maintenance themselves. Other, more complicated units may need to be brought to your dealer for internal maintenance.

Choosing A POC

Some POCs are covered by Medicare and many private insurance plans (co-payments and deductibles may apply). All oxygen equipment is eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account.

Your interests and activity level will dictate the POC that works best for you. Primary features to consider include capacity, battery life, size and weight, and noise level.

Lifetime cost and equipment age are primary considerations when evaluating whether to buy or rent a POC. When renting, you aren’t guaranteed a brand new unit. Older concentrators run much more loudly and are less energy-efficient than new models. Because of this, rentals are primarily used to provide short-term oxygen for travel or special occasions.