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How long can my oxygen concentrator work for overnight sleeping?

I am planning on taking a two week trip can my Inogen concentrator work for overnight sleeping since I am on oxygen 24/7?

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  • Casey Hribar moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Breathless22!

    It looks like Lyn has provided a pretty thorough answer to your question, however, I just wanted to add a link to an article series you may find helpful on traveling with oxygen! You can find the series here, I’ve also found another article on the Do’s and Don’ts of traveling with oxygen that you may find useful as well,

    If you get a chance to look at these articles, let us know what you think!

    Best, Casey ( Team)

  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Breathless22,

    I assume that at home you use a small portable concentrator (the Inogen) for all the time you’re awake, but have a larger stationary concentrator for nighttime use. Is that correct?

    So, if that’s the case, there are few factors to consider. First, is your Inogen concentrator a pulse dose or continuous flow? That may matter if you also have any issues with sleep apnea. Obviously, in order to trigger the flow if it’s a pulse dose, you must be taking steady breaths continuously. Second, are you on the same flow rate day and night? If you use a higher flow at night, you must be sure your portable concentrator is able to provide that flow.

    I would make a few calls to be sure. Inogen has a customer support center that can answer questions about your particular model(s). Also, just contact your doctor and ask their opinion – they have all your specific information and can tell you definitely if there are any issues.

    I hope you have a great trip!

    Lyn (moderator)

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