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We're re-evaluating the system we now have, which consists of several E (large size) tanks and 2 D (smaller) refillable tanks. The D tanks last for 2 hours so they aren't very practical.

(1) Has anyone ever used a portable concentrator?

I've done some research on the portable concentrators (not portable tanks) but haven't yet gotten enough information, especially on pricing, to make a decision. I expect that Medicare may balk at paying for them, but if they're more practical and usable, a purchase might be the best solution.

They seem to be so much more practical as they function as a concentrator rather than a tank with filled oxygen.

I understand they're battery operated; if you've used one does it use lithium ion batteries? The research I've done thus far doesn't address the type of battery, which is important in part for safety issues.

Have you had problems with them? Do they produce oxygen reliably? Are they cumbersome - even a less than 5 pound tank can be too heavy for an older person.

(2) Does your oxygen supplier require you to fill the D tanks on your own time and cost? I was advised yesterday that we're now expected to use a refill machine which requires 4 hours to fill a 2 hour tank.

(3) Do you have pulse operated cannulas? What criteria had to be met to get them? I do understand that they're not suitable for everyone.

Any thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated.

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Maggie, what a coincidence! That's the company whose rep I spoke with this morning and was told that they don't accept Medicare. Hmm...some more investigation to do.

Thanks for the sleuth work!
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This one says it's Medicare friendly.

www.inogen/oxygen-therapy/purchase-options/
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Kilberry, do you know the name and model of the brand your mother uses? I'd like to get more information on it; this sounds like what my father wants.

I wasn't aware of the "automatic shutoff" mechanism but that's even better because it's not wasteful.

I spoke with a rep from one of the portable oxygen manufacturer this morning and got some helpful information, but he did state that Medicare doesn't pay for their models. It would be nice if I could find a model and supplier that does get some Medicare assistance.

Thanks to both you and SendMe for helping me with this issue.
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My mother has a portable oxygen concentrator that works very well. It still requires you to use the bottled oxygen but the bottles are much smaller and handle much better. The concentrator dispenses oxygen only as it's needed - it automatically turns off when the hose comes out of the nose. It really is much more convenient for outings, much lighter, and much more effective. Mom loves it and Medicare paid for it. Great addition to her making her more active! I strongly suggest it
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SendMe2Help, I think this is what I'm referring to. There are backpack type arrangements with a tank inside, but the portable concentrator looks more like a small humidifier.

The dimensions are 8.25"H x 8.75": x 3.0" wide. Would this be about the size of the device your neighbor has?

The mobility this would allow is one of the factors we're considering. I've hauled an oxygen tank in its little carrying stand while also guarding someone using a walker. If he slipped and began to fall, I might drop the tank - and it would probably fall on my foot!
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My neighbor carries a purse-looking thing for her oxygen supply. She is happy to get out more. Says it wasn't fully covered by insurance, but so worth it to her. Very expensive.
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