Oct 16 2010 Oxygen Backpacks or minimalist carrier
Posted Oct 16 2010 3:10pm
Oxygen backpacks can be 'transparent' or they can discreetly carry oxygen portables, like the Freedom Sling an excellent model- http://www.freedomsling.com/products/freedom-sling/why-freedom-sling well ventilated,over the shoulder centered on the back, but concealed. - or . You can do as I have done. I like my CAIRE constant High flow liquid oxygen portable to be "naked", so I crafted my own carrier. Someone asked about it, so here it is out in the open with just padded straps over the shoulder and a waist belt. It is mounted on to a small backpack (concealed behind the portable), the shoulder padded straps and waist strap remained in place. Of course the compressed gas oxygen tanks do not need a lot of ventilation, my design is more for the very high flow user. . The tank - is held in place with three long strips of Velcro ( I had from a sleep apnea test). I think most any tank could be velcro'd like this. Using 12- 15 liters as I do frequently, this bare tank approach means much less chance of the tank freezing up. It did happen to me once, and I learned to turn the tank upside down for a moment and that helps 'settle the liquid oxygen'. On the front I added a clip on pouch to hold a water bottle, cell phone, oximeter, a watch to time duration of walk, so I KNOW when to head home. and of course, my tape of music from my old 45 records of 1950-60's to keep me more spirited.
/ Note, no cannula, I have a TTO tube into my neck, transtracheal oxygen. I 'neck' with oxygen. It is so nice when you can walk about outside... do try to move any which way you can. Keep moving, "Lyn"