New Delhi: There have been many reports of oxygen shortage and deaths in the country facing the second wave of Corona epidemic. Although, there has been a slight decrease in cases of infection, but the threat still remains. The Supreme Court has also asked the central and state governments to remove the oxygen shortage at the earliest. People are also engaged in arranging oxygen at their level. In such a situation, the demand for Oxygen Concentrator has increased completely.
What is Oxygen Concentrator?
Oxygen concentrators are small devices that provide supplementary oxygen to people in need of oxygen therapy, according to the news published in our partner website, India.com. They are commonly used for patients suffering from lung and other respiratory diseases. New Delhi-based BPL Medical Technology MD and CEO Sunil Khurana told news agency IANS that when COVID-19 patients’ oxygen saturation drops below 94, they have trouble breathing. At such times the oxygen concentrator becomes very useful.
How do Concentrator work?
According to Dr. Ravi Shekhar Jha, Senior Pulmonologist at Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad, the oxygen concentrator works like an air conditioning machine. It takes oxygen from the air, modifies it and releases it in a different form. When a patient has trouble breathing, oxygen is delivered to him with the help of a concentrator. They are used extensively in the medical field.
At what price do you find a contractor?
Oxygen concentrators are extremely easy to use and are considered better than oxygen cylinders. Because there is a risk of the cylinder leaking. In terms of price, they are relatively expensive compared to cylinders. Concentrators fall in the price range of 40,000 to 90,000 rupees. While the cost of the cylinder is 8,000-20,000 rupees. However, they do not require much maintenance.
What is better, Cylinder or Concentrator?
The concentrator can be used under the supervision of doctors or health professionals according to the convenience of the patients. But one has to be very careful in the use of stand-alone cylinders. Because of their leaking, there is a possibility of fire. The biggest problem with cylinders is that they have to be refilled repeatedly, whereas this is not the case with oxygen concentrators. It takes oxygen from the air itself, which provides an unlimited supply of oxygen until electricity is available.
Will quality be affected by Demand?
Doctor Sunil Khurana said that oxygen concentrators produce 95 percent pure oxygen. It also has in-built oxygen sensors, which indicate when the level of purity is low. According to experts, large-scale contractors are not ready in India, in such a situation the quality can be affected by the rapid rise in demand. Regarding this, Dr. Khurana said, ‘Most of the devices are manufactured in China and some raw material used in them is made in America. The Indian market had never prepared itself for such a demand.
There are two types of concentrator
You should know that there are two types of oxygen concentrators in the market, continuous flow and pulse dose. The continuous flow provides oxygen at the same flow per minute continuously until it is stopped. While the pulse dose detects the patient’s breathing pattern and releases oxygen accordingly. Therefore, it is important that you talk to your doctor about this before purchasing an oxygen concentrator.
How much does Oxygen Level increase?
The OxGene concentrator provides pure oxygen by removing other gases dissolved in oxygen from the surrounding air. Environmental air contains 78 percent nitrogen and 21 percent oxygen gas. The second gas is the remaining 1 percent. The oxygen concentrator takes this air in, filters it, releases nitrogen back into the air and provides the remaining oxygen to the patients. The report of the Indian Express states that if 1 liter of oxygen is provided to the patient through the concentrator, then the oxygen in his lungs increases by 24 percent. Similarly, oxygen increases by 28% on 2 liters and 60 percent in 10 liters.