Review by Dr Mark Fetterplace, Ingleburn Veterinary Hospital, Ingleburn, NSW
Our practice was getting busier and we were ordering and changing oxygen cylinders very frequently. We decided to purchase an oxygen concentrator that makes oxygen from the air.
What’s good about it This unit sits in the basement of our practice where we don’t even have to think about it. The oxygen outlets throughout the building that were once attached to the cylinders are now hooked up directly to a tank that’s replenished by this machine. All our oxygen requirements for anaesthesia and intensive care are supplied by this unit. The constant ordering and purchasing of the cylinders was expensive and quite a hassle. Someone needed to stay on top of our supply needs and ensure we never ran out. When the cylinders were delivered, someone had to open the gate, mark off the delivery and keep track of the empties. It was a time-consuming process. Having an endless supply of oxygen is a much better option. We now use oxygen much more liberally with patients as the cost is no longer an issue. Once the machine is paid off, which took us about three years, the only cost is the electricity. You just set it up, leave it running and forget about it. The Reliant oxygen concentrator is one of the best things I have ever bought.
What’s not so good If the surgery experienced a prolonged electrical blackout, we could be left without oxygen. On the off-chance that this might happen, we’ve kept one cylinder as a backup. Fortunately, we haven’t had to use it yet.
Where did you get it Add-Tech (www.addtech.com.au).