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Why Is There An Increasing Need For Portable Oxygenators?

Why Is There An Increasing Need For Portable Oxygenators?

We’ve heard of Oxygenators in hospitals, but how about at home? Contrary to popular belief, Oxygenators are not only useful for patients during surgical procedures or emergency situations, it is also something you should consider using at home. 

Here’s why you should consider having a personal one and which kinds you can consider.


What is An Oxygenator?

Oxygenators or Oxygen Concentrators are devices that help to deliver concentrated and pure oxygen from the air around us by removing the nitrogen in it. Through nasal cannulas, face masks or even tracheostomy tubes, the Oxygen Concentrator delivers the pure oxygen directly to the patient’s lungs. 


Why Do I Need One At Home?

Relief for Chronic Respiratory Issues

In Singapore, the top 3 common respiratory conditions in Singapore are Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma and Pneumonia. With the exception of Pneumonia, COPD and Asthma are chronic conditions that require long term management. [1]

Many Oxygenators come with a nebulizing function that is able to turn liquid asthma medication into a fine mist and have it delivered directly to the lungs. By pushing the medication out using pure oxygen, it also allows for a better rate of absorption by the body as well. 

Many respiratory issues can also cause Hypoxemia (low blood oxygen levels) in the long run. Hypoxemia can develop into serious issues because the patient’s cells are not receiving sufficient levels of oxygen and therefore cannot keep their organs working the way they should. Routine oxygen therapy using Oxygenators ensures that higher amounts of oxygen are delivered directly to the patient’s lungs, supplementing their body with the oxygen it needs to remain healthy. [2]


Giving Your Skin A Good Hydration Boost

Oxygen facials have become a popular beauty treatment in the market now. In a typical oxygen facial, an Oxygenator is used to spray atomised serums onto the skin using a flow of pressurised oxygen. This method of delivery can help the skin’s pores to absorb the nutrients from the serums better, thereby hydrating the skin instantaneously. This is the reason many people have reported seeing a significant increase in radiance and plumpness right after an oxygen facial. 

In the long run, regular oxygen supplementation also promotes collagen growth and reduces signs of ageing. This is because our skin cells require oxygen in cell regeneration. By supplementing our skin with oxygen, we not only facilitate cell turnover, but we can also expedite scar healing such as acne scars. This way, our skin will continue to look youthful even as we age. 


Be Ready For Any Emergency Situation

Having an Oxygenator at home can also help mitigate life threatening emergencies. This has proven to be extremely crucial in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Especially at the peak of the pandemic, we witnessed many patients dying in their homes due to a shortage of oxygenators in the country. [3]

With an Oxygenator at home, it ensures that you have an emergency supply of oxygen anytime you need it. In fact, the most common causes of death in Singapore include heart diseases like Strokes and Heart Attacks, as well as respiratory diseases such as Pneumonia. [4] When any of these attacks strike, a good Oxygenator is able to deliver oxygen at a higher rate from the machine through a face mask or tubes, to ensure that the patient is still getting the level of oxygen that they need until help arrives.


What Kind Of Oxygenator Should I Get?

There are many Oxygenators in the market, but not all of them are beneficial for you. It is important to keep these in mind when you are choosing one for yourself.  

Health Sciences Authority (HSA) Approved

Making sure that the device you are using is safe for you is the first crucial step. In Singapore, the HSA regulates the import, manufacture, export and supply of medical devices. They conduct rigorous and routine tests to ensure that the risks of using the device are minimised. Make sure that your device is approved by your country’s health authorities. 

Pure Oxygen Concentration

The Oxygenator will filter the nitrogen out in order to deliver pure oxygen to the patient. The percentage of pure oxygen content is referred to as the oxygen concentration. Not all devices will deliver the same level of oxygen concentration because it depends on the design of the filtration system as well as the effectiveness of the concentrator’s sieve system. 

Max Flow Rate

The flow rate is the rate at which oxygen is able to be delivered from the machine to the patient. Depending on your needs, you may require a machine with a higher maximum flow rate. It is important to take note of this when you are choosing an Oxygenator for yourself. 

A supplementary oxygen supply has become more important in this day and age, especially after the recent pandemic.

If you are considering getting one for your home, you can take a look at BUZUD Singapore’s Oxygen Concentrator SZ-5BW. It is a HSA-approved medical device that employs a molecular sieve technology that achieves the medically approved oxygen density of 93% – 96% oxygen purity. This filtration system also filters out harmful substances that come about as a result of high pressure and heat processes. It is easy to maintain and comes in 2 sizes – one with a maximum flow rate of 5 litres per minute and another with a maximum flow rate of 10 litres per minute. The device also comes with a range of different attachments so that you can have access to its beauty applications as well.  Learn more about it here.



All information presented herein serves as a general guideline, and is not intended as dispensing any medical advice(s). User(s) should consult their doctor to seek further clarification for any doubt. It is recommended to refer to this guide with sole discretion, thereby we shall not be held responsible for any part of the information as presented.

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