Faqs

How to change a regulator?

Our representative can provide in service education for your staff on the operation of a oxygen cylinder. Alternatively, we also provide information on our new range of TAKEO2 cylinders that have an inbuilt regulator and flowmeter.

How long will the cylinders last?

This depends on the  patients prescribed flow rate. Typically a large cylinder (E) would last 34 hours at a flow rate of 2 L/min. Our representative can provide information on cylinder consumption through our Guide to Medical Oxygen Therapy (Aged Care Facility Guide).

How often are concentrators serviced?

Typically concentrators are serviced every 6 months. It is a requirement for staff to check concentrators that have an inbuilt filter.

How often are concentrator filters cleaned?

This is normally done on a fortnightly basis. Our representative can provide information on cylinder consumption through our Guide to Medical Oxygen Therapy (Aged Care Facility Guide).

How to safely transport / store E size cylinders in the Facility?

Oxygen cylinders should always be transported with care and with the appropriate trolley/carry bag. The E cylinder should be moved using an appropriate cylinder trolley only. Cylinders should not be stored without a trolley/wall restraint in place.

How do OCDs work and how long will the cylinder last?

The OCD (oxygen conservation device) provides a pulse of oxygen at the beginning of inspiration. When the patient is exhaling no oxygen is provided. Using OCD’s can extend the duration of the cylinder content by up to 7 times providing economic and user benefits.

Minimum flow rates for masks?

When using oxygen with a standard oxygen mask (Hudson), flows below 6 L/min will allow for a buildup of CO2 in the mask. We would not recommend the use of the Hudson mask at flow rates below 6 L/min. We also recommend that the facility comply with the prescription of the physician. Please refer to your referring physician regarding any implementation or change in flow setting for prescribed oxygen therapy.

Difference between cylinder oxygen and concentrator oxygen from patients perspective?

Oxygen therapy is provided via a mask or a cannula. As a result oxygen is always blended with room air. Both oxygen sources provide a therapeutic dosage in accordance with the physicians prescription. In some cases patients may notice a difference in the oxygen source. Our representative can discuss this with you on a case by case basis.

What adaptor is needed to go with Trache mask?

There are a number of specialised products and masks available for oxygen administration for tracheostomy patients. We would be pleased to review these with you on request.

When should Twin-o-vac filters be changed?

The bacterial filter of the Twin-o-Vac should be changed between patients or in the event that the filter is contaminated (wet). Our representative can discuss this with you.