There are certain aspects of an oxygen device that can help oxygen patients live their life the way they want to rather than having to adjust to a new lifestyle surrounding their oxygen tank or oxygen canister.
Both compressed oxygen tanks and liquid oxygen tanks take away basic human qualities of life that every oxygen patient deserves.
Oxygen patients deserve to be able to travel, do their own chores if they want to, try new and old hobbies that they enjoy, and so much more. Lugging around heavy oxygen tanks weighs down and wears on oxygen patients, it takes a toll on their energy levels, their mood and mental state of mind.
Being tethered to an oxygen tank, unable to do the things you once loved to do does not have to be the reality of long term oxygen therapy. Long term oxygen therapy (LTOT) is a life saving medical treatment proven to improve survival in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and prescribed to patients with chronic respiratory failure who have PaO2 <60 mmHg.
LTOT appears to reduce the number of hospitalizations, increase physical activity ability, and improve health-related quality of life, however, without the right equipment to do the job, oxygen patients sometimes are not getting everything they can out of this lifesaving treatment.
According to LTOT guidelines, for oxygen to benefit the oxygen patient, it should be prescribed for at least 18 hours per day and depending on the patient's condition. If you are an oxygen patient, that is using your LTOT more than 18 hours per day, having the right oxygen equipment is essential because you are using the device all day everyday.
In this article, we are talking about one oxygen device in particular, and it covers many oxygen users' oxygen needs while giving them the freedom and independence they want. The Caire Freestyle Comfort is one of the best portable oxygen concentrators on the market, and in this article we are going to talk about exactly why that is.
Alternative Oxygen Devices to the Caire Freestyle Comfort
To make the case for the Caire Freestyle Comfort more clear, we are going first to go over the alternatives, and what types of oxygen devices are out there other than the Freestyle Comfort. This will give you a better understanding of the limitations oxygen devices have but also the realistic expectations you should have for your oxygen device.
Home Oxygen Concentrator
Home oxygen concentrators are also called a standard oxygen concentrator, is an oxygen system that stays in your home plugged into an electrical outlet. It extracts air from the room, removes nitrogen and impurities, and gives you medical grade oxygen. With this system, you will not order tanks from a supplier to be delivered weekly.
Liquid Oxygen System
The liquid oxygen system allows you to use a portable tank, but this tank must be refilled from a stationary home tank called an oxygen reservoir. The reservoir can be used when you’re at home and it will normally come with a 50 foot tube that allows you to move 50 feet from the device. These tanks are very cold, and they must be handled with care and concern. It is essential to work with an oxygen delivery company service that will come and refill your tank every 2 weeks.
Compressed Gas System
You use a compressed oxygen gas system in your home, and comes with a stationary oxygen concentrator with a 50-foot tube. When you need to go out, you can take a portable tank. Your oxygen supplier will need to deliver your tanks to you either pre-filled, or you can refill them yourself from your concentrator. Unfortunately with the portable tank, you will need to use an oxygen conserving device (OCD) which supplies a small, pulsed dose of oxygen that preserves the amount of oxygen, but this does not cover many oxygen users needs.
Other Portable Oxygen Concentrator Systems
You can carry portable oxygen contractors (POCs) which are small battery-powered devices, around with you - even on an airplane. Depending on the device, whether it is 5 pounds or 18 you will be able to either strap it to your back with a custom carrying case or pull it behind you on wheels because these devices were created to be portable.
POCs run on regular electricity or rechargeable lithium batteries and they can be charged with a traditional AC charging cable and the outlets in your home, or with a DC adapter and the cigarette lighter in your car, boat, or RV. One of the most important benefits of owning a POC, is that you don’t have to refill them.
So how does the Caire Freestyle comfort stand out among the many POCs on the market today?
The Caire Freestyle Comfort
The Caire Freestyle Comfort stands out to us as a Medical Oxygen Company because it embodies everything we are working towards. LPT Medical is dedicated to giving oxygen patients the tools they need to take advantage of life in the most effective ways possible and the Ciare Freestyle Comfort does just that.
The Freestyle Comfort is an oxygen device that is equipped to cover the right oxygen patients needs 24/7 and for years to come for a number of reasons:
- Great battery life
- Powerful pulse flow
- Compact and sleek design
- UltraSense Breath Detection Technology
- FAA approved
Lightweight and Portable
The Caire Freestyle Comfort offers oxygen patients something that most oxygen devices like oxygen tanks and home concentrators cannot provide, and that is mobility.
The Freestyle comfort only weighs 5 pounds, that is equivalent to about a two-liter bottle of soda, but the difference is that the Freestyle comfort is comfortable and ergonomic so it is easy to carry with you wherever you go.
Because the Freestyle comfort is so lightweight, you are able to slide it into the Freestyle custom carrying case and sling it over your shoulder for a trip to the grocery store, or a walk down the beach or local trail.
If you prefer to carry your oxygen device in a backpack you can use the Freestyle backpack designed for the Caire Freestyle to sit comfortably on your back.
If you are an active person, having to commit to your long term oxygen therapy in order to treat a respiratory illness, does not mean you have to stop doing the things you love to do. In fact, a large part of treating you respiratory illness is to remain active, and to exercise regularly. That being said, exercise sometimes seems like the very last thing you want to do.
Due to common respiratory symptoms like breathlessness and fatigue exercise becomes much less accessible for oxygen patients, so having an oxygen device that creates another obstacle to being physically active is the last thing you need.
You need an oxygen device that helps motivate you to exercise. The Caire Freestyle Comfort is so small and compact, so bringing it with you to your pulmonary rehabilitation course, down the street for a walk, or to the gym for a workout is easy.
Having a device that is small and lightweight also gives oxygen patients a valuable sense of independence. Long term oxygen therapy is something that is a part of your everyday life, so if you can't even get around your home without help from a loved one or caregiver this can be very crippling over time.
Asking for help is not a bad thing, and as an oxygen patient, asking for help is often necessary. That being said, those times where doing your own chores, taking care of your own business, and other human qualities of life do not have to be forfeited just because you have an oxygen device.
You should still be capable of doing your yard work or gardening if you want to, cleaning your home if you like to do that, and running errands. With a lightweight oxygen device, you have the access to do things you love to do such as golfing, walking, biking and other activities.
Great Battery Life
Portable oxygen concentrators like the Caire Freestyle comfort run off of batteries and have an unlimited supply of oxygen, therefore you never have to worry about getting the device refilled.
The Caire Freestyle Comfort runs on rechargeable lithium ion batteries, and there are two options for batteries, the large Caire freestyle Comfort battery and the small battery.
The small Caire Freestyle Comfort battery is an 8 cell battery, and this battery is great for oxygen patients that only need a 1-3 flow rate of oxygen during the day because the flow rate setting directly correlates to your device's battery life.
If you need 4-5 output, the 16-cell battery is a better option for you because then your device will last longer.
The size of the battery you want is a personal choice, but a good rule of thumb to follow is that you can expect to be able to go out and about with your oxygen device and not have to worry about charging your device for 2 hours. This is a very basic expectation, and most oxygen users get a lot more time before their device runs low on batteries.
It is very easy to charge your device and you have a lot of options when doing so, also keep in mind that you can charge your device while you are using it too. You can charge your device in your home with wall outlets using the AC charging cable, or you can charge your device in the car using the cigarette lighter and the DC charging cable. Both cables come with the device when you buy it.
You can also purchase an external charging port for your batteries, this is a great option if you have two batteries, so you can charge one while using the other. This is great for travelers, and people who do not want to rest during the day while their device charges. Many oxygen patients charge their device during time in the day when they like to rest and watch tv, read, or sit comfortably in one place while their oxygen device charges.
Powerful Pulse Flow Operation
Depending on your condition, the amount of oxygen you need from oxygen therapy will be suited to your needs and oxygen levels. The Caire Freestyle Comfort only operates within a pulse flow capacity from setting 1 that is 210 ml/min to a setting of 5 that is 1050 ml/min.
Pulse flow devices offer a bolus of oxygen every time the device senses you're inhaling breath, rather than a continuous flow device like the Respironics SimplyGo that is constantly emitting oxygen, even while you are exhaling.
These pulse flow devices cannot cover the oxygen requirements that continuous oxygen patients need, but the Caire freestyle Comfort is one of the most powerful pulse flow oxygen devices on the market, and can cover most pulse flow oxygen patient's requirements.
When you are looking to buy a portable oxygen concentrator one of the most important aspects of the device you must be aware of it is the capacity of the device to fulfill your needs, and some. This means that if your oxygen prescription recommends a daily oxygen output of 420 ml/min, you need a device that can exceed this level, because in the case of an emergency you may need to increase your oxygen capacity.
Also, the nature of chronic respiratory illness is that they get worse over time, so having an oxygen device that can progress with you rather than having to buy a new device that is more powerful is in your best interest financially.
The Caire freestyle comfort covers many oxygen patients basic oxygen requirements, and allows for wiggle room to increase the dosage should you ever need more oxygen than what you are prescribed currently.
UltraSense Breath Detection Technology
The Caire Freestyle Comfort offers an ultra-sensitive breath detection feature that makes this oxygen unit one of the most efficient and effective on the market. Rather than providing you with a constant stream of oxygen, the Freestyle Comfort delivers oxygen only when a breath is detected. This “bolus” of oxygen is precisely synced with your breathing ensuring no oxygen is wasted. The Caire Freestyle Comfort is one of the top-tier pulse flow oxygen concentrators when it comes to total oxygen output.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for overseeing safety regulations for commercial airlines in the United States. Without FAA approval, you will not be able to carry your oxygen concentrator on a plane. Fortunately, the Caire Freestyle Comfort is already approved by this government organization. All you’ll need to do is get in touch with your airline before your flight to inform them that you will be bringing your Carie Freestyle Comfort portable oxygen device with you on your flight.
The Caire Freestyle Comfort is one of the best pulse flow portable oxygen concentrators on the market today, and we are so happy to be able to offer our customers the best prices on the device out of any oxygen sales company out there.
LPT Medical is capable of warrantying this device new for 3 years and we expect for our customers to be happy with their Caire Freestyle comfort for years after this.
If you think that you or someone you know would be interested in learning more about this device or any others that we offer, pease call us at 1(800)-946-1201 to speak with an experienced respiratory specialist.