New oxygen tanks you can strap on like a knapsack

New technology in the development of supplemental oxygen therapy now allows respiratory sufferers the freedom of mobility without being tethered to a burdensome oxygen tank everywhere they go.

That’s fantastic news to the 12 million Americans – mostly seniors – who suffer from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

The answer lies in the development of new oxygen concentrators called LifeChoice that are extremely lightweight. These portable concentrators were released nationally in July, and Orlando, Fla., was one of the first markets where it was introduced.

One Orlando resident, in particular, is extremely grateful. Struggling to breathe for the past few years, Carl Brooks was put on oxygen therapy a year and a half ago. To many, “oxygen” is a homebound sentence because patients and/or caregivers must lug around heavy oxygen tanks. Many patients feel like prisoners in their own homes.

Brooks says the new concentrators, “go where I go.” He and his wife still enjoy travelling the country, and he is thankful that he no longer needs to take upwards of 15 cumbersome oxygen tanks with him when they leave home. Better yet, they can fly again because LifeChoice is FAA approved. And since patients can just strap the device on their back, Brooks is able to play golf again.

The portable oxygen concentrator is the brainchild of David Shockley, president of Inova Labs, who was inspired by watching his grandfather suffer from COPD for years. Respiratory disease is the fourth leading cause of death after cancer, stroke and heart disease.

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