Many oxygen therapy users are turning to websites to obtain oxygen therapy equipment instead of going to medical supply stores. There are good websites out there that provide a lot of medical and product information so that consumers can make an educated decision on what products are right for them (like this one: www.OxygenConcentrators.org). There are also plenty of “catalogue” websites that are just storefronts for hundreds of products with very little, if any, information that can help in your decision making.
Step 1: Get Your Prescription
Before you start looking at oxygen concentrators online, you need to consult with your physician. Except for emergency use, a physician’s prescription is required for oxygen therapy. Your need for supplemental oxygen is determined by blood gas measurements, pulse oximetry or clinical observation. These tests allow your physician to accurately prescribe the specific amount of oxygen you require. There are no special patient preparations needed to administer oxygen therapy.
Step 2: Research the Products
Once you have your RX in hand, you’re ready to do some research about oxygen concentrators. Look for sites that offer information about specific products; many have PDF’s you can open that will enable you to see product brochures and specifications. Many sites have text links to government and health organizations that can provide even further information for you. Our website offers the results of product research performed by Dr. Craig Donnelly and his personally trained Oxygen Concentrator Team at OscarAir, Inc. To begin researching the products, click on our HOME page at the top left, or choose a product (Inogen One Oxygen Concentrator or SeQual Eclipse Oxygen Concentrator) from the drop down menu under PRODUCTS.
Step 3: Find a Reliable Website to Provide Advice
Look for websites that are run and staffed by health care providers and air quality professionals. Beware of catalogue websites and those that are just basically sales pages. These types of websites are there to sell you a specific product, not to help provide a solution to your oxygen therapy or respiratory needs. Look for websites with health care professionals on staff to give intelligent answers to questions that are important to you. Some websites will even email you “Helpful Tips” or “Free Reports” that can provide you with even a wider variety of useful information. On this website, feel free to take advantage of a FREE CONSULTATION with Dr. Craig Donnelly, where you can receive help with insurance reimbursements.
Step 4: Determine a Reliable Website to Provide Equipment
When you have found the right oxygen concentrator that fits your needs, make sure the website you are on is reputable. Don’t put your credit card number in without doing some research first. Here are some things to check before you make your online purchase:
- Does the website feature a Better Business Bureau Embalm?
- Is the website listed in Dun & Bradstreet?
- Does the website provide you with a street address, phone number, fax number and email address?
- When you are on the “Buy Now” page, does it feature security such as VeriSign Secured, GeoTrust, PayPay, etc.?
Dun & Bradstreet
What is Dun & Bradstreet? D & B is the world’s leading source of business information and insight. D & B’s commercial database is global and contains over 100 million business records. Having a D & B D-U-N-S Number is recognized as the universal standard for identifying and keeping track of businesses.
A company with a D & B Number enhances customer confidence and security by enabling potential customers to easily identify and learn about a company. The U.S. government and many major corporations require their suppliers, contractors and sub-contractors to have a D-U-N-S Number.
Better Business Bureau
Another sign of credibility for a website is a Better Business Bureau (BBB) association. There are BBB’s extending all across the United States and Canada. Founded in 1912, the BBB helps resolve many marketplace disputes fairly through the use of voluntary self-regulation and consumer education.
VeriSign and PayPal
How do you know that your credit card information is safe? Look for websites that use proven financial security systems like VeriSign and PayPal. These systems employ technology that protects your sensitive financial information from hackers and the unscrupulous. VeriSign, for instance, operates digital infrastructure that enables and protects billions of voice and data services interactions every day around the world. They provide layered security solutions to protect both consumers and websites. VeriSign’s digital certificates protect over 750,000 Web servers.
If you have any doubts about the website, you should call them so you can speak with an actual person to have any questions answered. Once again, look for websites that feature health care professionals, not just salespeople. Don’t trust your health with anyone but professionals.
Get Started Now
If you are ready now to get your portable oxygen concentrator, answer the brief questionaire on the Free Consultation page in the menu above. This website is run by , an experienced primary healthcare provider. We will help you determine the best product for your needs as well as help you get it at the lowest possible cost, using any insurance options or payment plans for which you may qualify.