Philips EverFlo Oxygen Concentrator
The next oxygen generator machine we want to talk about is by Philips. Philips, as we all know, is a leading consumer appliances and sound equipment maker. It also makes reliable medical devices for the healthcare sector. In this subsection, we are going to discuss the Philips EverFlo oxygen concentrator. It is a stationary oxygen concentrator from Philips Respironics for homecare. It has a flow rate of 0.5 to 5 liters per minute and an oxygen purity level of 93±3%. It provides much needed relief to people with respiratory and cardiovascular disorders.
Let us take a closer look at the functions and features of the machine to understand how it works and how it needs to be maintained.
Features And Functions :
The Philips EverFlo is a marvel of science. It takes in ambient air and produces oxygen by removing nitrogen from it. It makes use of a method known as Pressure Swing Adsorption to extract oxygen from plain air. It has 2 filters, one internal and one external, a sieve bed and a powerful motor to pull in air. The outer casing is made of durable plastic and it has a strong handle for easy maneuverability.
The device belongs to the Right Fit Series of oxygen machines by Philips. The series includes products inspired by patients’ needs to offer greater comfort and efficiency.
The oxygen produced by the machine is 93% pure give or take 3%. It is supplied at the rate of 0.5 to 5 liters per minute. It is administered to patients through nasal tubes or face masks. The machine increases the physical supply of oxygen to the lungs which enables more oxygen to be absorbed by the blood. A flow meter shows the percentage concentration of oxygen at all times. If the concentration falls below 82%, the display shows ‘Low Oxygen’ and if it touches 70% it shows ‘Very Low Oxygen’.
The Philips EverFlo has an input frequency of 60 Hz and an input voltage of 120 +/- 10% VAC. Average power consumption is 350 watts and outlet pressure is 5.5 PSI. Sound level stays within 45 dB. Ideal operating humidity is 95% max, operating altitude is 0 to 2286 m (0 to 7500 ft) and operating temperature is 12°C to 32°C/55°F to 90°F. For storing and transporting the machine, the temperature has to be between -34°C to 71°C (-30°F to 160°F) and the humidity less than 95%. If the humidity, altitude and temperature go beyond the aforementioned limits, concentration of oxygen may decrease.
The device has a strong blue cabinet with castors for better mobility. A molded handle is provided on top for easy lifting. There is an oxygen purity indicator or OPI in front. It ultrasonically measures the concentration of the oxygen coming out of the machine. It has a recessed design to prevent damage to the glass cover. The power switch and alarm indicators are next to meter. The humidifier bottle holder is compatible with all kinds of bottles. The cannula connector is made of metal so that it doesn’t break easily. An onboard storage compartment is available for keeping the tubes.
The oxygen concentrator weighs 14 kg (31 lbs). It has a height of 23 inches, width of 15 inches and depth of 9.5. It is compact and easy to store and transport. You can carry it up and down stairs using the handle. The wheels help you guide the device into a convenient place near the patient. The compact design enables it to be slid into narrow spaces like corners and alcoves.
The machine has very few moving parts which reduces repairs and cost of maintenance. It has hassle-free operation and delivers a consistent supply of oxygen. It is a green device with significantly low power consumption. It uses 24% less energy, weighs 40% less and has 15% less packaging than its predecessor. The product comes with the Green Logo to indicate its environment friendliness.
The best thing about the EverFlo oxygen concentrator is that it has very low maintenance. No homecare provider needs to change the filter for 2 years and the patient need not change the filter ever. The bottle holder has a Velcro tape for fitting various kinds of bottles. The flat platform makes for a stable place to keep the humidifier bottle. To start the device, connect it to the power source and switch it on. The humidifier bottle is easy to mount. Of the 2 filters, you only need to clean the external one. It takes a few minutes and can be done without professional help. The internal micro disk filter can be checked during routine maintenance visits.
The accessories that come with the oxygen concentrator are: one compressor intake filter, a micro disk filter, a humidifier connector tube, a stand-alone low-flow flow meter, integrated low-flow flow meter, flow meter locking kit and a user manual.
The EverFlo oxygen machine is available with or without the oxygen purity indicator.
The product has a warranty of 2 years.
Key Features :
- Oxygen concentrator for stationary home use.
- Pressure Swing Adsorption technology , up to 5 liter per minute oxygen flow.
- 93±3% oxygen purity, compact cabinet with wheels and handle, weighs 14 kg.
- Recessed Oxygen Purity Indicator, Velcro-reinforced humidifier holder, metal cannula, sieve bed.
- No filter change for 2 years, environment friendly, less than 45 dB noise, compact, easy to store.