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.
There are 3 main elements to flying with Portable Oxygen Concentrators. The equipment must be FAA Approved, bring enough batteries to meet the airlines requirements, and having a signed airline specific physician statement.
- FAA Approved Device: Currently there are 12 FAA Approved Portable Oxygen Concentrators. Most have a label stating it is FAA approved for in flight use. There are a few machines awaiting approval. Compressed gas oxygen tanks or liquid oxygen portable units are forbidden on commercial flights. An FAA approved portable oxygen concentrator is only allowed to bring on and use.
- Batteries: Most airlines require 150% of the flight time to equal your battery time. So, if its a 4 hour flight, 6 hours of battery time is needed to meet the airlines requirements. Each portable oxygen concentrator has different settings for different liter flows. Higher flows mean less battery time. Click here for a battery duration chart of all the current FAA Approved Portable Oxygen Concentrator’s. Some airlines like United & Continental have different rules regarding the batteries. There rule is travel time plus 3 hours. So, a 4 hour flight requires 7 hours of battery time. Other airlines may not count a stop somewhere, United & Continental do. Travel time includes any stops along the way. Ensure you check with your airlines website regarding there specific battery requirements.
- The Physician Statemet: Each airline has there own specific Physician Statement, check your airlines website for a PDF to download and have your doctor review and sign. This one page document must be carried with you on the plane. It states that the patient can use a Portable Oxygen Concentrator for various or all stages of travel. There is a place for the doctor to establish a Liter Flow or LPM for the flight. Some people use the same flow rates in the air as on the ground. Some people need higher flow rates in the air than on the ground. It is important to know exactly what your needs are for the trip. Some airlines like Delta, have a 3rd party to review your statement that was signed by your doctor. Delta and this 3rd party require a 48 hour notice to approve your document is filled out correctly. You may be flying on multiple airlines, ensure you have each airlines specific physician statement about using a portable oxygen concentrator with you, one for each carrier your flying on.
Planning is key to a successful trip while using a portable oxygen concentrator. Advanced Aeromedical is a great source for information about traveling with oxygen. Advanced Aeromedical rents and sells FAA Approved Portable Oxygen Concentrators. Call us at 800-346-3556 or check out aeromedic.com
American Airlines was the last US flagged air carrier to offer continuous flow therapeutic medical oxygen for special needs passengers in the 48 states. As of July 23, 2012, American will no longer offer inflight medical oxygen. Alaska Airlines is the only carrier left that will provide oxygen on a limited amount of flights with in Alaska and Alaska to Seattle or Portland. Continental Micronesia also provides the in flight Therapeutic oxygen service out of Guam. You can of course use a FAA Approved Portable Oxygen Concentrator on American Airlines as well as any airline flying in and out of the US as per the Air Carrier Access Act. There are currently 12 different Portable Oxygen Concentrators that can be used on commercial airlines approved by the FAA. These machines are designed for most people using oxygen. There are some people that can not use a Portable Oxygen Concentrator. Of the 12 that are approved, 4 of the products will deliver a continuous flow. All of the machines offer a Pulse Delivery which delivers oxygen upon inspiration only up to a setting of 6 . The continuous flow machines reach a max setting of 3 LPM (Liters per Minute). Many International carriers offer on-board medical oxygen. However, those numbers are decreasing as well. Extra batteries are needed for long flights, plus any delays. There are new machines awaiting FAA approval like the SimplyGo made by Phillips Respironics. This machine is half the weight of other continuous flow portable oxygen concentrators, the batteries last longer too. It is important to understand that the advent of portable oxygen concentrators, even with their limitations, have allowed many more people to travel with oxygen than ever before. All of the low-cost carriers have had access to passengers needing medical oxygen since 2005, the first federal approval mandating the use of these machines during flight. These airlines never provided oxygen on the ground, a separate service was needed to provide airport oxygen. Portable oxygen concentrators have made traveling with oxygen so much easier. As the machines get smaller, last longer, and offer higher flows of oxygen, more people who are oxygen dependent will be able to travel. Advanced Aeromedical at aeromedic.com is an information resource for people traveling with oxygen, ready to assist at 800-346-3556 in the USA or +1-757-481-1590 internationally.
Here are some pictures of our demo Respironics Evergo Portable Oxygen Concentrator. This is the only POC that holds 2 batteries at once. Click through below to see additional information.