If the float in the flow meter has been adjusted to the top or bottom, after a few moments, we will get an alarm. And that’s letting us know that we either have too high of a flow or we have no flow.
So if you notice, we have the orange or the middle light, it is intermittently flashing and that’s letting us know that we have a high flow. And if you will notice, the flow has been cut up past 5 liters. The machine is set to safely operate between 1 and 5 liters. If the flow goes over 5 liters, you are going to get this alarm. So the first time we want to check is the flow meter.
We just want to turn it back down to the prescribed setting. And the best way to sent your liter is to look straight eye level with the machine. And then number for your setting, you want to split the ball with that number.
The next alarm that we will go over is impingement or no flow. So if we kink our tubing, on our tubing, if there’s if we get it kinked up or we set something on it like a chair or something rolls over it and prevent oxygen from flowing through the tube to the patient, or if the liter flow is cut down then we’ll get this alarm.
On this alarm, if you will notice, the yellow light is continuously lit and we have the intermittent the yellow light is continuously lit and we have the intermittent red blinking alarm that lets us know that we have an impingement or no flow.
Now, if you check your flow and it is set at the proper level, then that rules this out and we want to move to the tubing and follow the tubing from here around the tubing and see if you can find the kink or the impingement.
In addition, another important question is if your oxygen concentrator is plugged in and do you have power? If the machine has become unplugged and is on, you will get a continuous alarm and no lights are lit up. Just a continuous alarm.
So in that case, we want to first check the power, and make sure that we are plugged into a grounded outlet. Of course, if your power is out at your home, then it’s not going to work. Sometimes you will see that the power’s on in the home. We will plug it in and we are still not getting power or an alarm. In that case, we want you to try a different outlet. Maybe that’s a bad outlet. Let’s try a different outlet. Once again, make sure that we have a grounded outlet, no power strips, and make sure that the outlet that you are using is not overloaded.