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Explained: What you need to know before buying an oxygen concentrator for home

On April 28, the Government of India announced it will procure one lakh oxygen concentrator and distribute in high burden states as an alternative to depleting resources of liquid medical oxygen. A scarcity of cylinders has also pushed concentrator market, earlier a supplementary medical equipment, at the forefront for home isolated patients and moderate patients in hospitals. But using the correct specification is important. Only mild to moderately ill patients, who have an oxygen saturation level between 90-94, should depend on an oxygen concentrator and can use it at home. Because there is scarcity of oxygen, even those with oxygen level as low as 85 can opt for one. Anyone with oxygen saturation depleting below 80-85 may need higher flow of oxygen and will have to switch to a cylinder or liquid medical oxygen supply.........Read more

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