Oxygen therapy and sleep apnea therapy need not limit your active, mobile lifestyle. There are many portable solutions for your prescribed therapy that will enable you to travel with your therapy equipment, whether for business or pleasure. My Oxygen Company offers the following mobile oxygen solutions:
- Portable oxygen tanks
- Portable oxygen concentrators
Portable CPAP, BiPAP, and VPAP machines
Portable Oxygen Tanks
Oxygen tanks can be heavy. In order to help you maintain your mobility and independence, some tanks come in smaller sizes, and can be maneuvered using wheels and handles. Contact the staff at My Oxygen Company to ask what size oxygen tank may be best for your needs.
Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Oxygen concentrators work differently than oxygen tanks. Oxygen tanks are containers for oxygen with a pre-set amount of oxygen. Once the oxygen runs out in the tank, it must be replaced or refilled. Oxygen concentrators, on the other hand, use technology to concentrate the oxygen in the air around you, filtering out other gases like nitrogen. Because they use the air around you, oxygen concentrators never have to be refilled, though their filters do need to be replaced regularly. This type of system means that you get the higher concentration of oxygen you need without having to lug around a bulky oxygen tank. Oxygen concentrators are often much smaller and lighter than oxygen tanks, and may come with a handy bag for easier carrying. Ask your doctor today if a portable oxygen concentrator is the right choice for you.
Portable CPAP, BiPAP and VPAP
My Oxygen Company carries travel-specific CPAP, BiPAP, and VPAP machines, which are smaller than regular devices and may come with their own carrying cases. These are especially great if you frequently travel by plane. Flying with a CPAP, BiPAP, or VPAP machine requires a bit of extra preparation, but TSA and airline staff see these devices all the time, so don’t feel apprehensive about traveling with your device. Here are some tips that can make airline travel with your device smoother:
- Though you can check your device, most travelers prefer to carry it on the plane just in case baggage is lost. Medical devices don’t count as carryon luggage, so you won’t need to limit your other items.
- If you choose to carry your device with you, it will need to be removed from your bag in order to go through the X-ray scanner. The X-ray won’t harm your device, but you may want to put it in a plastic bag before placing it in the bin to protect it from germs.
- The X-ray scanner may not be able to see all the way through your device. If that happens, your device may need to be inspected and swabbed by hand. If your device is selected for hand inspection, you can request that the TSA agent use a fresh pair of gloves and an unused swab to protect your device from germs. Again, TSA agents see these devices all the time, so they will not find this to be an unusual request.
- Some airlines request 48-hour notice if you will be using your device on the plane. Be sure to check with your airline about their policies before you travel.