Medical oxygen can be expensive and many times hard to obtain. Fortunately, the UAM has a built-in oxygen concentrator that eliminates the need for external sources of oxygen. However, there are times, such as when electrical power is lost, when you will have to use an external oxygen source.
In order to conserve your oxygen reserves and reduce costs when using the UAM, the oxygen sources should be selected in the following order:
1) UAM Concentrator: The concentrator should be used first so that you do not deplete your oxygen reserves. While the concentrator is being used, make sure to shut off the oxygen cylinder, if attached, and disconnect the pipeline hose to ensure that these sources are not being used while the concentrator is running.
2) Pipeline: If electrical power goes out switch to using the oxygen pipeline source. While using pipeline oxygen, make sure to completely shut off the oxygen cylinder, if attached, to make sure that your cylinder oxygen is not being used.
3) Cylinder: In the case where the UAM’s concentrator is not functioning due to a power loss and pipeline oxygen is not available or has been depleted, you should switch to cylinder oxygen.
4) Another O2 Source: In the case that the UAM’s concentrator is not functioning, and pipeline oxygen is not available or has been depleted, and there is no oxygen cylinder, you may connect a regulated source of oxygen such as an external oxygen concentrator (or another low pressure source with a flowmeter) to the oxygen inlet port in the back of the UAM. This option should be used as a last resort and can only provide low oxygen flows of about 1LPM and this flow is not recorded on the UAM’s oxygen rotameter.
Remember: By following the above sequence of oxygen use you will help conserve your oxygen reserves and reduce costs.
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