FAA Proposed Rule Changes

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Here is a link to the proposed rule making for the FAA to change the acceptance of a FAA approved POC from being on a published list to:
This rulemaking would replace the burdensome approval process with acceptance criteria and a requirement for manufacturers to demonstrate compliance by affixing a label on the exterior of the portable oxygen concentrator applied in a manner that ensures it will remain affixed for the life of the device.
Here at Advanced Aeromedical, we are in favor of this rule change as it will make identifying the approved POC’s much easier for both the air carrier and the passenger/patient. As we all know, the approved POC is only one step in the process of a passenger making the trip on oxygen. They will still need to comply with the other aspects such as notification to carrier of intent to use, signed physician statement in hand for travel, proper number of charged batteries, just to name a few.
We stand ready to assist POC manufacturers, airlines and passengers in education of POC’s and providing POC’s to those who travel.
What do you think about the proposed rule changes, let us know at info@aeromedic.com

7 New POC’s Approved for Use by the FAA

This now makes 19 Portable Oxygen Concentrators approved for use as of October 31, 2012. Each airline has there own policy about using a portable oxygen concentrator. Check your carriers website for important information.

Here are the 7 new machines:

  • AirSep Focus
  • AirSep FreeStyle 5
  • InogenOne G3
  • Inova Labs LifeChoice Activeox
  • Respironics SimplyGo
  • Precision Medical EasyPulse
  • Sequal SAROS

Advanced Aeromedical, Inc. has been your source for Portable Oxygen Concentrator’s since they were first approved in 2005. We have been assisting people traveling with oxygen for over 30 years now. These new approved Portable Oxygen Concentrator’s open up more doors and give oxygen patients more options for travel. We are here to assist at 1-800-346-3556, on call 24hrs for support.

We are updating our website and Battery Duration Chart to reflect the new changes. If your organization would like the updated Color FAA Approved Battery Duration Chart, send us an email at info@aeromedic.com. This is offered at no cost.

Portable Oxygen Concentrator’s and the TSA

The TSA just updated there website about people traveling with Portable Oxygen Concentrator’s. This is always a question for new travelers on oxygen, what does the TSA say about my portable oxygen concentrator? A person should be educated about traveling with a portable oxygen concentrator. Some people need to use oxygen all the time, while others only part of the time. Whether or not you are using the device is what is important to TSA. If you are using the machine while going through the security check point, the TSA will do a “thorough patdown procedure”. If you are not using the machine, and only need oxygen in-flight for example, it is OK for the portable oxygen concentrator to go through the X-ray machine.

Here is an interesting quote from the new page on the TSA website:

If a passenger can disconnect from his or her portable oxygen concentrator, it is recommended that the passenger check the equipment as checked baggage whenever possible.

Here at Advanced Aeromedical, Inc. we feel this is not a good recommendation.  You are responsible for your own equipment, whether you own it yourself or are renting a portable oxygen concentrator from a medical equipment provider. If you check as luggage a critical medical supply equipment like a portable oxygen concentrator, you run the risk of loss or damage.

We have been working with people traveling with oxygen equipment for over 30 years. We have worked with many people who check full size oxygen concentrators and small portable oxygen concentrators and arrive at there destination to find out the equipment has been damaged or missing. If you are traveling and mistakenly checked your portable oxygen concentrator and it is broken, call us at 1-800-346-3556 for assistance.

http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/portable-oxygen

 

SeQual Eclipse Portable Oxygen Concentrator & the Invacare Precise Rx Pediatric Flow Meter

Here is a video showing the Invacare Precise Rx Pediatric Flowmeter attached to the SeQual Eclipse Portable Oxygen Concentrator. The SeQual Eclipse is a very popular source for oxygen for people traveling on commercial airlines. For children and infants, a continuous flow oxygen source must be obtained. Most of the continuous flow portable oxygen concentrators lowest flow setting is 1/2 LPM or 1 LPM. This Flowmeter allows for 1/16th — 3/4 LPM or 50-750 cc/min. This allows a child to use exactly the prescribed flow rate as prescribed by the doctor while meeting the requirements of a commercial airlines rules regarding flying with oxygen.

Advanced Aeromedical provides sales and rentals of FAA Approved portable oxygen concentrators and the Invacare Precise Rx Pediatric Flowmeter. Call us at 800-346-3556 for any questions or send us a message from our contact page. We are here to assist.

United Airlines

United Airlines
click here for United Airlines page about Oxygen and Portable Oxygen Concentrators