I use 02 tanks for outdoors. I love my fanny pack but it only will hold a "C" tank. i have a pulse regulator that goes up to 6LPM; last summer i could get by with 4-5LPM when sitting on ATV or moving slow, but that does go thru the C tank fast! Also, pulse seems not to be as effective lately with me & the longest line i can use to get it to pulse is 17' (5 meter) and then that not always works as i think my inhalation gets week if i'm moving.
My 02 company brought me a back pack that would hold "D" tanks last year, but i've had disc surgery on neck & both shoulders severe pain (spurs & rotocuff) so the back pack made me in too much pain.
Soooo. I am wondering how others do it that need to use higher flow when active. My thought is that i may be able to use bigger E tank with longer line if i use continuous flow. (then i could leave E-tank on ATV & use longer line if i need to get off the bike to do this or that) or possibly still use fanny pack with C tank if i have to move around with oxymizer---would oximizer make 02 last longer than pulse set to same LPM? I've heard of "oxymizer'' cannulas & am trying to research those now. I'd love to hear any personal experiences, if anyone is willing to share; about using tank with oxymizer and continuous flow. Does anyone use E-tank with oxymizer? (pendent looks more comfortable) How long of line can one use? how does oxymizer actually work? how high does one set 'continuous flow' to maybe get 5 or 6 LPM with oximiser?
any tips, answers to my questions or questions i didn't think to ask would be greatly appreciated. it would be nice to be able to enjoy outdoors this summer!
(i am researching today too but would like to hear 'real life' info ---or easy to read links about it)
I also called my 02 company & they have 1 oxymizer in stock, but assure me that if my dr prescribes one they will keep supply for me. (it says to change it every 3 weeks)
Dr does have to prescribe it and I assume that my PCP can prescribe as he is the one that prescribes my 02 (as i said before, i have specialist, but I like having my PCP that is closer to me take care of all my meds & 02 things.)
This is what you need to read completely before you make a final decision. I have been using it for 3+ years. A search should pull up personal experiences on a number of forums, including this one. Personally, with higher flows you will not get the savings they list but you will get some.
If the oxymiser worked to only the 50% level that would allow the continous flow portables to be usable by a much larger audience! Even if only used while driving it would extend the time available with the tanks!
It would be interesting to hear the real numbers on it.
I'm not sure what you mean by Oxymizer but i did try the Oxmyzer cannula a few years ago and it did not work at all for me. I can't remember if it was to be used with pulse or continuous ( probably pulse) which may have been the problem for me because I can't tolerate pulse anymore. It was kind of a cheesy plastic thing with a membrane inside that opened and closed but did not cost much so you could buy one like i did to see if it helps you. I wouldn't buy 50 until you have tried it though.
Its hard to have enough O2 on the higher flows . I just know how much I need for each activity and turn it down when I can but don't short yourself. If you have room to carry it and can figure how to hold it you could take two E tanks on ATV so you wouldn't have to worry.
I use pulsedose, 3rd one in from the left! I find it works fantastically! Also 8f I need continues air I just go to the very end and it opens up all the way! Love mine. You can put it on whatever you need up to full open..lincare carrys this item and with you're insurance, its free.