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DeVilbiss iGo2: Getting Started with Your Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Wednesday, 13 May 2020  |  Alex

With a high-tech piece of equipment such as the DeVilbiss iGo2 Portable Oxygen Concentrator, it can be a little daunting getting started and you may be confused on where to start. While the iGo2 features the very latest technology, that doesn't mean that it is difficult to set up and use.

Our guide to setting up and maintaining your oxygen concentrator can help you to ensure that you can get back to the things that you enjoy without having to worry about your breathing. Have a look at our four-step guide to setting up and using your device to get started.

In This Guide


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Step One: Unpacking Your Oxygen Concentrator

It can be intimidating unpacking your device to find a instruction manual, but you don't have to know all of the ins-and-outs of the machine to get started. The first step is to ensure that you've received all that you should have with your iGo2 Machine. This includes:

  • 1 x iGo2 Portable Oxygen Concentrator
  • 1 x Carrying Case
  • 1 x Rechargeable Battery
  • 1 x Power Supply (AC/DC Adaptor)
  • 1 x AC Power Cord (with UK plug)
  • 1 x DC Power Cord (for use in your car)
  • 1 x Instruction Manual

Contents of the iGo2 Oxygen Concentrator
Please note that this image shows a non-UK power cord
 

If you are missing one of these parts with your purchase, please contact us at helpdesk@healthandcare.co.uk, quoting your Health and Care order number (this should begin PO).

For an indication of the included parts, please watch the short video below.


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Step Two: Quick Set-Up

Once you've confirmed that you've got all of the correct components, you're ready to get started with your concentrator.

1) Insert Battery and Charge

Firstly, remove the battery from its packaging and insert it into the battery slot on the iGo2. Before using the iGo2 Oxygen Concentrator for the first time, it is important to ensure that the battery is fully charged – this can be done by connecting the unit to a power source (either a wall plug or your car's power outlet).

DeVilbiss iGo2 Battery Partially Exposed
The battery is slotted into the top of the device,
next to the power button/display

Once the battery has achieved full charge, the battery status indicator should stop blinking (which indicates that the battery is charging) and will stay on. This shows that the device is ready for operation.

2) Attach a Nasal Cannula

You can now attach a nasal cannula to the oxygen outlet – please ensure that this is secure to allow for optimal use. The port is on the top of the device, at the opposite end to the battery (please see the image below for more information).

Nasal Cannula Attachment
Attach your cannula to the circled outlet

3) Activate the Unit and Set Your Prescription

Once your cannula has been attached, you can activate the iGo2 unit by pressing the power button (located next to the display). Once the unit has been switched on, you can set your prescription by using the "+" and "-" buttons. Please note that if you are unsure of what setting you need, you must refer to a medical professional.

To activate the SmartDose Technology on the iGo2, simply press the "+" and "-" button together. Once this has been activated, the letter "d" will be displayed on the screen (e.g. if you have the prescription set at "2", it would display "2d").

4) Attach the Shoulder Strap to the Carrying Case

The last thing that you need to do before you can use your oxygen concentrator is to make sure that the shoulder strap is attached to the carrying bag. To do this, clip the strap to the "D-rings" on either side of the carrier. Please ensure that the strap is securely attached before use.

For more information on setting up your iGo2 unit, please watch the short video below.


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Step Three: Daily Operation

Once your device has been set-up initially, it should be relatively easy to use on a day-to-day basis. Here is some information about how to ensure that you're using the iGo2 safely and effectively.

1) Turn on Your Machine

To switch on your machine, simply press and hold the power button. The DeVilbiss iGo2 Portable Oxygen Concentrator will beep while illuminating all icons on the display to confirm that it is in the process of activating.

Activation of the iGo2
Hold down the power button as shown
to activate your unit

While turning on, your machine will "self-test" to ensure that all functions are working. While concentrating oxygen, the iGo2 will display a "Low Oxygen" icon (a green arrow pointed downwards) until the oxygen levels are ready for use, at which point the "Low Oxygen" icon will be replaced by a blue/green tick. Please note that this may take several minutes.

2) Fit Your Nasal Cannula

To fit your nasal cannula, ensure that you have fixed the end to the unit securely (as described above). Once this has been done, you can insert the cannula into your nostrils, with the prongs facing upwards. Wrap the tubing around your ears to secure the cannula.

3) Select Your Oxygen Level

The iGo2 offers five different levels of oxygen flow, represented on the display with the numbers 1 - 5. The higher numbers mean a heavier flow and vice versa (please be aware that the higher levels deplete the battery more quickly than the lower levels).

To select your desired level, use the "+" and "-" keys to cycle to the correct number. To select the SmartDose Technology, press both plus and minus keys together; this will be indicated by the letter "d" on the display screen.

For more information about the daily use of your device, please watch the short video below.


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Step Four: Cleaning Your Oxygen Concentrator

For the best hygiene, it is recommended that you clean your oxygen concentrator on a weekly basis (though more frequent cleaning is recommended during high-risk times such as flu season or the COVID-19 pandemic). Firstly, clean the exterior of your device using a cloth and a mild household cleaner – apply the cleaner to the cloth and NOT the unit itself. Please ensure that the battery is installed while cleaning.

After you have cleaned the entire exterior, remove the battery and clean this and the battery port with a dry cloth. Clean any power adaptors and cords that you have been using with a cloth and mild household cleaner.


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With this information, you have everything that you need to make sure that your condition doesn't stop you from getting out and about. If you'd like more information about the DeVilbiss iGo2 Portable Oxygen Concentrator, make sure to visit our page with everything you need to know about the iGo2.

Have you used the iGo2 Oxygen Concentrator? Let us know about how you make the most of it in the comments below or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook!

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