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Setting Up Your Oxygen Concentrator

Where to place the concentrator:

To allow adequate ventilation the concentrator should be 6 to 12 inches away from walls, furniture or draperies. DO NOT place the unit in a confined area such as a closet or cupboard.

Plugging in the concentrator:

Uncoil the power cord from the holder on the back of the concentrator. Allow enough slack to prevent accidental unplugging. Plug the cord into a PROPERLY GROUNDED OUTLET. Do not use an extension cord unless absolutely necessary. The concentrator should not be plugged into the same outlet as other household appliances.

Power Switch and Alarm:

Locate the power button on the front of the concentrator, once switched to the on position an alarm will sound for up to 1 minute while the concentrator builds to normal operating pressure. If this alarm continues longer than 1 minute (or comes on at any other time) please call your home oxygen supplier for assistance. Most concentrators have a green light that will light up once the concentrator has warmed up; this can take up to 45 minutes.

Flow Meter:

The flow meter will be adjusted by the Respiratory Therapist. Please ensure that the flow meter does not accidently get turned off (ball resting in the bottom) as this will result in the concentrator alarming.

Warning:

Deviating from your prescribed flow rates may not be beneficial to your health. Adjust the flow meter only to your prescribed flow rate unless otherwise indicated by your physician and/or Respiratory Therapist.

Operating Lights:

Most concentrators are equipped with 3 lights on the front of the unit.