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8-22-11 COPD Oxygen users- Learn Patient tips on how to choose respiratory equipment

Posted Aug 22 2011 5:49pm 2 Comments

I am not advertising, but hoping to assist other patient’s to make an educated choice if they need to rent or buy one of these pieces of equipment.   I have no financial connections with any of the manufacturers or vendors I mention, I mention ones I know or have met from our Colorado COPD Connection group which puts on a Lung Conference in the Denver area each year.   If you live in Colorado think about joining us.   

 Learn more at our website>  Save the date - October 8th. 


iGo by DeVilbissFrom the “Patient’s Perspective” - testing at 5500 ft altitude - August 2011Roxlyn G. Cole     


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Starting with the manual,

an absolute necessity to learn about how to set up and know this machine, I found the print so fine and single space lines made for somewhat difficult reading, but I went through it to be aware of all the listed Dangers/warnings/cautions and medical note which are very important.  Inserts were better. 


 Thankfully I discovered on-line a terrific video of how to set it up step by step, this was most helpful, and I believe this video might come with a new machine, but I was testing out a 2 year old demo model which may have ‘lost’ the instructions video disc. See the iGo on u-tube >   


The carthas a carrier bag permanently attached to it which can not be removed, plus this case/bag includes an ample pouch for all of the accessories.  The concept of having everything together was super, but not for the frail patient, it added to the overall weight, and also interferes with it fitting under some airline seats.  It was difficult for me trying to roll the cart up or down stairs, it would catch on the back frame, finally I just lifted it.


  For some, the 29 lbs (includes all accessories) would be difficult. Once I separated out the accessories into another bag that made it easier to lift the split load in and out of the car


  It may be re-designed to be more patient friendly.  I always look forward to the changes all of the manufacturer’s make to improve their products, especially after the first design, to meet patients’ needs as closely as possible, companies/designers  do try very hard to help us.  I always hope for larger wheels and a separate carry bag- one that separates from the machine itself.  This is always my criticism. 


 I need a comfortable handle(s) and wheels that can go on more surfaces than just a hard one – on grass or plush carpet, with large enough wheels that can easily climb curbs-steps and stairs with a pull which may be difficult, but certainly easier than a lift. Lift handles are very important, this only has an insert place for fingers- nothing to grip around when out of bag.  Finger no grip is a tough lift, it can slip too easily if you can lift the 20 to 29 lbs at all. What seems like little problems can make or break the ease of using various designs.


 <Know your Portable oxygen concentrator measurements when flying.This link is for space measurements under airplane seats –  

 it isfor a dog carrier to fit… well, our POC is like a pet that we want to keep close to us. Under seat measures are different on all airlines, so it is smart to call and ask, some 1 st class seats have only 4” high. Even small POC’s need to go under seat as they get quite hot and uncomfortable in your lap or against your side.  


Now to the most important part, the machine and how well it works.  I had so much fun with this machine that works on AC/DC/battery and provides an excellent pulse dose mode > # 1-6, and a continuous flow 1-3 L.  It works with 35 ft long tube(on pulse) to 50 ft tubing when on continuous flow mode. It is a challenge to the Eclipse in some areas and probably will improve with time. 


The outlet port securely grips different types of tubing well. Good news!  It is my understanding that repairs needed are low, and only one helpful caution note; be sensitive to the edge on the battery that clicks it into place when installing or removing from the POC, this can break off - handle with care.   Though it is suggested in the manual to use only a regular cannula at least while on pulse I tested it using 5 methods of oxygen delivery


systems including my TTO (Transtracheal oxygen system in my neck), then I switched to OxyView glasses with their fine nasal tubes, a Salter High Flow cannula, a regular cannula, and finally a Soft Hose nasal cannula.  There was a small up to 1% difference in my oxygen saturation with each device.  Most often, the Transtracheal, TTO delivery tubing gave me the best saturation on different pulse levels and walking speeds; for second best - a tie between the Oxyview Glasses and High Flow Salter cannula,


BUT,With BRISK walking at 3 mph using the #6 pulse > the Salter High Flow cannula gave the best sats of all –96%. Averaging sats of 3 oximeters,  The TTO averaged sats = 93%, Oxyview and regular cannula = 92%, with soft hose at 87.5%. Soft hose did better on lower pace and pulse level.  Thus, if you can walk that fast, and want higher sats, in my opinion, 3% difference is worth using a High flow cannula at least for exercise.


The machine sound was to me pretty loud in a quiet room, it had a high pitched whine, which my husband couldn’t hear… a whir, click, puff, and using cannulas the pffft of that.    One reason I love my TTO, you don’t hear that pffft in ones trachea, so I am spoiled.


Most of all I was THRILLED that this POC allowed me to walk briskly at 3 mph on the treadmill at 5500 ft altitude…   THAT is amazing, especially so, because my sats drop quickly with any increase in exertion. To learn more details such as battery life and all the specs, you must read the  iGo manual  


Visit    or call DeVilbiss Healthcare 800-338-1988.  


Thank you to AMSR -American Medical Sales & Repair   for allowing this evaluation from the patient’s perspective.


List of past evaluations- a collection of my POC evaluations-“From the Patients Perspective at 5500 ft altitude. Sometimes these links will say error, but not so.   Just cut and paste the link you want into the go line and it should work.     


The Eclipse & Solo 2 Sept 23 2010 POC's NEW with continuous flow O2  


VIDEO OF ECLIPSE 3   note when you get there, there are many other videos on O2 poc's... some of these videos are a bit inaccurate-or THEY MIGHT BE about older machines. & 



7-25-11 INOGEN One G2   from the patients perspective   do watch the video about the Inogen G2 system   It is a careful explanation of why – how to use it. >  

  Actually, the video could be applied to other POC’sif this one doesn’t  fit YOUR needs.    They say you won’t ever run out of oxygen… true as long as the electricity works and you have extra batteries (they can be very expensive).  


  7-17-11  SOLO 2 by Invacare, a patient's perspective +travel & aging   



Posted Jul 14 2011 Patient perspective of XPO2  



7-2-11Testing respiratory products- the patient's perspective   



Posted Jun 17 2011  With POC's & COPD it's true, USE IT OR LOSE IT.    


Lifechoice-XPO2  pictures and links to senior exercises-     

LifeChoice  VIDEO > 


Oct 18 2010Serious POC Shopping-specifications   links to manufacturers


Sept 27, 2010 Links + Continuous flow POC's   Solo 2 and Eclipse 3photos & specs . 

Always have a non-electric dependent back up source of oxygen such as compressed gas oxygen cylinders or liquid oxygen, AND extra batteries. 


DeVilbiss iGo   this pages perma link =   


  AirSep FreeStyle  video soon will be evaluated-

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ooops posted wrong date, it should be 8-22-11 not 1-22-11 for some reason, unable to edit it anymore.


The date should be fine!
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