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An oxygen concentrator is a type of oxygen-delivery device. It produces and stores oxygen by pulling in air from the environment and then extracting oxygen from it. The extracted oxygen is then stored for delivery to a person through a nasal cannula or oxygen face mask. Electricity powers the oxygen-delivery system, which is relatively inexpensive to use when compared to other systems. An individual using an oxygen concentrator should be aware of how to use oxygen safely and how to maintain the device.
Unplug your oxygen concentrator from its source of electricity before you start cleaning any part of it. Clean the cabinet and power cord using a mild household detergent and a damp cloth and then towel dry them. Do not apply liquids or petroleum-based cleaning agents directly to your oxygen concentrator. Make sure the cabinet and power cord are dry before you turn your oxygen concentrator back on.
Check the air inlet filter of your oxygen concentrator daily for accumulation of dust or other particles. The inlet filter permits the flow of air into your oxygen concentrator for oxygen extraction. It's important to clean it at least once a week or as often as prescribed by the manufacturer for proper functioning. Remove the filter from the cabinet, wash it in a solution of warm, soapy water, rinse it off and then dry it with a towel. Leave it to air-dry thoroughly before putting it back in the oxygen concentrator.
Be aware of how to troubleshoot your oxygen concentrator. If your oxygen concentrator stops working as it should, consult your user's manual for instructions on how to manage the problem. If your concentrator is not turning on, check to make sure it's plugged in and that the socket it's plugged into is in working condition. If the flow of oxygen appears to be less than normal, check your nasal cannula for kinks or defects and replace it with a new one if necessary.
Know when to contact your equipment provider. If your oxygen concentrator does not work properly after troubleshooting it, turn it off, switch over to your backup oxygen supply system and make arrangements for your equipment supplier to service it for you. Another time to call your equipment supplier is when the alarm on your oxygen concentrator goes off or does not work at all.
Make sure all parts of your oxygen concentrator are dry before using them.
Unplug your oxygen concentrator before cleaning it.
Make sure you have a backup oxygen supply in case of power outage or equipment failure.