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How to Choose an Oxygen Cylinder

Friday, 1 June 2018  |  Paul

The process of choosing an oxygen cylinder can often be long and convoluted. From complex specifications to confusing jargon, the language of refillable oxygen tanks can seem entirely unfathomable. As such, we’ve written a concise guide to the complexities and technicalities of refillable oxygen cylinders to help you choose the oxygen cylinder that suits you and your needs.

Oxygen therapy is used by a variety of people around the UK
Oxygen therapy is a common treatment for a range of issues

PD vs. CF: Pulse Dose or Continuous Flow?

Continuous Flow (CF) as its name would suggest, provides a continuous flow of oxygen. This means that the rate at which oxygen is delivered is constant. A simple would be that using Continuous Flow is like turning on a tap; once the tap is on, the flow is steady and unchanging.

In comparison PulseDose or PD is slightly more sophisticated. PulseDose is reactive, meaning that it delivers oxygen in accordance with the user's breathing pattern. As such it’s more akin to drinking through a straw – The quantities and intensity of the flow are directly correlated to the users particular needs.

Which One’s for Me?

PulseDose offers the significant advantage in that it conserves your oxygen supply. As such it’s often the better choice. In contrast, a large amount of oxygen is wasted when using the Continuous Flow mechanism due to the fact that oxygen is being released at a constant rate, irrespective of the quantities of oxygen actually being inhaled.

Additionally PulseDose offers greater adaptability in that it allows for a broader range of activities due to the varying rate of flow. As such in the majority of cases PD is probably the better choice. However if you’re using your oxygen cylinder while you sleep or need a constant flow, then CF may be the option for you. 

Which Size Should I Choose?

Oxygen cylinders come in a multitude of sizes from compact and easy to carry ML6 cylinders, to high volume, stationary tanks such as the E sized cylinder. Each tank can be used with either the CF or PD mechanisms. However depending on which one you use the number of hours of use may vary significantly. Thus, with a broad range of weights and sizes on offer, it’s important to choose the size that’s right for you!

Oxygen cylinders in rows

The ML6 Sized Cylinder

The ML6 sized cylinder is the smallest and most easily transported cylinder on offer. Compact and mobile, the ML6 is perfect for travelling or partaking in activities during the day. With a weight of just 2.18 Kg, the ML6 provides 4.3 hours of use when used in conjunction with the PD1000 conserver. Filled in just 90 minutes, the ML6 is ideal for those with a busy schedule.

The C Sized Cylinder

The C Sized Cylinder offers a perfect intermediate by providing the best of both worlds in terms of weight and capacity. The C sized cylinder offers convenience and portability while providing a slightly larger capacity for increased adaptability. Weighing just 2.54kg the C sized cylinder is easy to carry and provides 6.1 hours of use when used in conjunction with the PD conserver. 

The D Sized Cylinder

The D sized cylinder is the largest capacity oxygen cylinder that still retains the quality of portability. Providing 10.5 hours of use when used with the Pulse Dose mechanism, the D sized cylinder weighs in at the relatively manageable weight of 3.27kg. 

The E Sized Cylinder

The E sized cylinder provides the largest capacity on offer. Perfect for use at home for extended use, the E sized cylinder provides 17.2 hour’s worth of oxygen when used with the PD conserver mechanism. While the E sized cylinder, weighing in at 4.45kg, is likely too bulky to carry around for day to day use, it is perfect for use at home or during the night while you sleep.

Thursday, 31 May 2018
How Do Travel Pillows Work?

Those who suffer from fatigue, insomnia or a sensitive neck may dread stepping on a plane because of the problems associated with jet lag. There is a solution to this, and in the last few years scientists and companies have been developing all manner of cushions and pillows to assist the weary traveller. In this blog we ask How Do Travel Pillows Work, before suggesting our top picks for your long journey.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018  |  Paul
Cupping Therapy: An All-Encompassing Therapy For The Body and Mind

Although it may seem like the latest Hollywood health trend, cupping therapy has existed for thousands of years and has many proven health benefits: it helps with lung conditions; it enhances blood flow and can even improve acne and face paralysis. With many cupping techniques existing, choosing the right one for you might seem a little daunting. This article aims to highlight the benefits, dangers and any other aspects of this ancient healing technique.

Thursday, 24 May 2018  |  Paul
How to Use Your Dyna-Band Exercise Resistance Band

Originally designed to rehabilitate and strengthen patients during their recoveries from injuries, the Dyna-Band Resistance Band has, since the time of its creation, been adapted for use in a number of interesting and innovative ways, from muscle rehabilitation to Pilates. The simple, yet highly adaptable piece of exercise equipment has proven effective for a multitude of purposes, as people constantly work out the best ways to utilise the band for strength and resistance training. So if you need some inspiration on how to use your Dyna-Band, here’s a quick and simple guide on some of the best uses for your Dyna-Band

Friday, 18 May 2018  |  Paul
Find Your Perfect Plaster with Leukoplast

Leukoplast’s vast range of plasters, bandages, dressings, fixation tapes and wound care products offer a broad variety of specific uses in treating and caring for cuts, wounds, abrasions and other mild to moderate injuries. However the extensive list of specialist products can be overwhelming when searching for the plasters and products that you need. As such here’s a quick guide on what the Leukoplast Range has to offer.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Back problems are some of the most common ailments around, with millions of people in the UK alone suffering from some form of back pain every day. While these problems have a wide range of causes, poor posture is almost always at play. Whether your posture suffers because of a general slouch or an unsuitable work chair, solutions are out there, and we're here to help! We've selected some of our best posture correctors and back supports to get rid of your pain for good!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Pressure sores or pain can develop in anyone who spends long stretches of time lying down, regardless of whether it's due to illness, age or injury. While pressure relief cushions and mattresses are often enough to prevent pressure sores, for some people additional measures must be taken to protect one of the most at-risk areas of the body: the heels. Read on to learn about the best solutions Health and Care has to offer to provide pressure relief to your heels in bed.

Thursday, 15 March 2018  |  Paul

With the change in season upon us, it's that time of year again when allergies start to flare up. If you're one of the unlucky individuals that are plagued by clogged sinuses, watery eyes and facial pain when Spring is in the air, you've probably tried a whole host of allergy medications, but have you considered nasal irrigation? This simple practise has been used to treat various sinus problems in India for centuries – and with good reason. Read on to find out why you should try it!

Friday, 2 March 2018  |  Paul

We often associate good balance with physical activity and athletic ability, but it is also an important skill that we all require to perform daily tasks. When you think about it, balance is required when you're standing up in the bus, stretching to reach something on a high shelf, or climbing a ladder. In fact, you're even balancing when you walk down the street! Read on to find out more about the benefits of good balance and how you can improve yours.

Thursday, 1 March 2018  |  Paul

Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing technique that has been practised for at least 5000 years. While modern Western society has a tendency to rely on drugs and invasive medical procedures to treat illness, acupressure is a simple and safe alternative that has been shown to be effective for treating thousands of ailments and conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic back pain, insomnia, headache, nausea and arthritis. Read on to find out more about this amazing treatment technique, and how it can benefit you!

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