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home oxygen concentrator
Does anyone know anything about the sharing of a home oxygen concentrator between 2 people at same time? Double the settings, or leave them at current settings?
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RE: home oxygen concentrator
I'd think that sharing an oxygen concentrator wouldn't be a good idea. Both patients are likely to need different air settings, which I'd believe makes it a bad plan.
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RE: home oxygen concentrator
I agree with Dave, it's not a good idea. Assuming it could generate enough oxygen for two people, and have the flow (pressure) to feed two people, the only way I could see it working is if each hose had it's own regulator to adjust flow and combined would not exceed the flow rate of the machine. If the machine broke down, you would both be without the oxygen.

Most home concentrators can deliver 5 liters per minute (lpm) up to 10 lpm of oxygen. The 10 lpm machines are of course more expensive. Keeping the machine at a high flow rate could make servicing and replacing the zeolite sieve bed or pellets quicker. That's the 'stuff' that absorbs the nitrogen from the air leaving mostly oxygen behind. I remember it costing me over $100 to have it serviced. Insurance did not pay for servicing for whatever reason.

I don't recall what brand I had but the one I had got hot. Partly due to the zeolite but mainly from compressing the air. When I was on one, I had to buy a real long air hose and keep it in another room because it would overheat the bedroom. Making sleeping uncomfortable. Might be good in winter if you live where it gets cold. Also they are noisy. If you have a hard time sleeping with the sounds of a CPAP machine, just wait until you hear the darth vader effect of a concentrator.

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