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Renting oxygen concentrator/Cains/Port Douglas

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Renting oxygen concentrator/Cains/Port Douglas

My husband requires oxygen at night, has the OK by physician to fly with travel concentrator. Want to rent concentrator while in Cains/Port Douglas.Any help with how to do this?Contact?Anyone done this?

Need the larger one for nightly use as will be there 4 weeks. Thank you,

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1. Re: Renting oxygen concentrator/Cains/Port Douglas

It may be useful to contact this company: http://www.cpapoxygen.com.au/

I think the supply of medical oxygen equipment requires a precription from an Australian doctor. That company will be able to tell you. If so, the US Embassy has a doctor in Cairns on its list: …state.gov/libraries/…202011.pdf

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2. Re: Renting oxygen concentrator/Cains/Port Douglas

If he needs it at night he may very well also need it on the flight.

There are a number of companies which rent them out and have branches

ILS (indendendent living specialists) have branches all over australia and hire, but it is a very very expensive thing to do.

Your own machine in-flight does not count as hand luggage or checked luggage

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3. Re: Renting oxygen concentrator/Cains/Port Douglas

Thank you will check into these. Since he is suppose to wear it at night and will have to have one for the flight over,think will end up renting in U.S.

Has anyone rented from a U.S. company?

Thank you,

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4. Re: Renting oxygen concentrator/Cains/Port Douglas

cant help with a US based company but..

1. Check with your airline which models are approved (not all of them meet IATA rules) and if they have in seat power. You can only carry 2 lithium batteries and I think you may struggle for the time to run under battery power. Size isn't important, it's the battery life. Smaller and more compact like Inogen One work well as they "mostly" fit under the seat in front. Oxy bottles will usually require you purchasing an extra seat.

If hiring run the machine for the full flight time before you head off to see how long the battery life is.

2. You may then need to get a specific airlines clearance to travel form (if you haven't already) from the dr.

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5. Re: Renting oxygen concentrator/Cains/Port Douglas

Ok, here is the contact for the Australian Lung Foundation. The May issue has a report on O2 concentrators.If you do a search for concentrator on the site they have a few articles to help you.The ALF head office is based in Queensland and Bill Darbyshire should be able to point you in the right direction.

http://www.lungfoundation.com.au/

If you're after a concentrator, oxygen bottles aren't an issue.

Edited: 23 May 2012, 02:26
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6. Re: Renting oxygen concentrator/Cains/Port Douglas

No that's not correct, concentrators and oxy bottles are interchangeable , contractors are just the more modern form (and FWIW don't work if cabin oxygen drops)

Sometimes concentrators aren't available so you get given bottles...(and airlines provides bottles FOC), until you find out they want you to pay for a seat!

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7. Re: Renting oxygen concentrator/Cains/Port Douglas

The OP asked about renting a concentrator in Cairns, not about hiring oxygen bottles.

I understand the way concentrators work, by taking in ambient oxygen from the atmosphere and concentrating it, then delivering it at a set rate, often initiated by the user's inspiration. A concentrator for use in pressurised commercial airline cabins should be capable of operating efficiently above 10,000 feet.

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8. Re: Renting oxygen concentrator/Cains/Port Douglas

Please read the PM

OP needs in flight and on land... flight can be an issue

Edited: 23 May 2012, 12:22
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9. Re: Renting oxygen concentrator/Cains/Port Douglas

see post 3 inflight

many users need to institute use well below that level some even on take off ....it depends on the individual and current lung oxy cpap status

Edited: 23 May 2012, 12:24
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10. Re: Renting oxygen concentrator/Cains/Port Douglas

I'm sorry, GW,

I meant to say the concentrator should work efficiently up to and including 10,000 feet.

Sorry if I was unclear.