Read To Know The Difference Between Oxygen Concentrators And Oxygen Cylinders
With over four lakh cases being reported daily in India, the second COVID-19 wave has hit the country like a storm, making it the worse than other countries in the world.
The situation is getting grim with lack of oxygen supply. There has been a huge demand for oxygen among the COVID-19 patients. Thousands of COVID-19 patients are seen every day battling for oxygen outside hospital premises. Thousands have already lost their lives due to lack of oxygen.
Let us today discuss the difference between oxygen cylinder and oxygen concentrator:
Concentrators work like an oxygen cylinder, supplying oxygen through the use of masks or nasal tubes. However, cylinders need refilling, while oxygen concentrators can work 24×7 using electricity.
There are two types of oxygen concentrators. These are namely continuous flow and pulse. While a continuous flow oxygen concentrator provides the same flow of oxygen in a minute until it’s been turned off, pulse dose identifies the patient’s breathing pattern and gives out oxygen when it detects inhalation.
Oxygen concentrators are portable and easy-to-carry alternatives to massive cylinders. However, concentrators are not the best option for those suffering from severe comorbidities and complications because they can only provide 5-10 litres of oxygen per minute, which may not be enough for patients who have severe complications.
Oxygen support can be initiated either with an oxygen cylinder or oxygen concentrator when the oxygen saturation drops below 92 per cent.