There are two main types of supplemental oxygen, also called “modalities:” gas and liquid. These systems work differently with pros and cons with each system.
In the past, many oxygen users were set up with an oxygen concentrator (for bedside use for those facilities that do not have “piped in” oxygen) and an “E” tank (for portability). Two problems with this arrangement is that a patient requires a tank on a cart when mobile and depending on the length of time outside the room may require multiple tanks.
There are small light weight gas filled oxygen tanks that lend to more portability. These tanks can be easily carried in a shoulder case. Although the tanks are smaller and more portable, the length of time the tank lasts is variable and very patient specific.
The other modality, liquid oxygen, is advantageous with high oxygen liter flow users. In this system, the oxygen is stored in liquid form in a reservoir which is filled on a regular basis. This reservoir is used to fill smaller portable containers. These smaller oxygen containers offer longer use times even at high liter flows. Because liquid oxygen takes up less space, it is stored in a smaller vessel than an “E” tank for portability it makes it a better option in most cases for portability. The other advantage of this system is that it does not depend on electricity like a concentrator.
Regardless of the type of oxygen system (gas or liquid), O2Safe Solutions can provide the service to support each one. When a facility engages O2Safe Solutions for the provision of oxygen supply we will review a facility’s current oxygen program, evaluate cost effectiveness and if needed provide a cost effective solution going forward.