Oxygen regulators, which are sometimes referred to as oxygen conserving devices (OCDs), are used to regulate the flow of oxygen from a portable cylinder of compressed oxygen gas or a liquid oxygen system to the oxygen tubing and nasal cannula or oxygen face mask used to breathe in the oxygen.
Oxygen regulator Features:
- It feature a brass core for maximum safety and permanent laser etchings on knob and body that won’t peel, flake, or wear off
- All metal anodized aluminum construction is more durable than plastic and will not rust
- Gauge protector helps prevent damage
- Body type. Oxygen regulatory bodies are grouped into two types of construction: forged or barstock. Forged bodies are formed in a mold under high pressure, while barstock bodies are made by shaping a single metal piece by machine. High purity regulators have barstock bodies. They have a smaller internal volume and so are easier when it comes to purging them of moisture and contaminants. Also, the metal grain of a barstock body is tighter, so fewer contaminants get in to begin with.
- Diaphragm material. The diaphragm in oxygen regulators sets the pressure and can be made of either neoprene or stainless steel. For a high purity regulator, a stainless steel diaphragm is required.
- Type of seal. The seal between the diaphragm and body of the Oxygen regulators is another barrier to impurities. A metal-to-metal seal is the most durable kind and is used in high purity regulators.
Oxygen regulator Use:
Oxygen regulators are used to adjust and control the rate of oxygen flow received by a patient. An oxygen regulator controls the rate of continuous flow of oxygen, while an oxygen conserving device delivers a pulse of oxygen on demand to a patient as they breathe.
Oxygen regulators come in many different sizes and styles so that they can fit the range of oxygen cylinders and delivery systems available. Some are compact enough to fit in the palm of your hand, while others are appropriate large oxygen delivery systems. Both pediatric and adult models are available.
Who should use Oxygen regulators?
Any medical condition that compromises an individual’s ability to breathe independently – either temporarily or long-term – is grounds for the use of oxygen therapy and an oxygen regulator/oxygen conserving device.
Some conditions may include:
- Chronic bronchitis
- Congestive heart failure
- Cystic fibrosis
- Lung cancer
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Sleep apnea
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