In many instances, people interchange oxygen concentrators with CPAP machines. While they have some of the same traits, they have many differences and are used for different purposes.

Oxygen concentrators have the unique ability create pure oxygen from the surrounding air. This is a great benefit for people that need supplemental oxygen—but not all people that need oxygen need supplemental oxygen.
concentrators vs cpap machines

CPAP therapy is for people who have sleep apnea. With CPAP therapy, your lungs may be able to increase blood oxygen content to acceptable levels with just the use of the outside air. Supplemental oxygen isn’t needed.

If you have a respiratory condition such as COPD or emphysema, and your lungs can’t provide enough oxygen from the outside air, you will most likely need an oxygen concentrator. How do they work? Oxygen concentrators have electronic interfaces that automatically adjust airflow to ensure the most ideal delivery. This new purified air is delivered then via a mask or nasal tubing system.

There are a lot of different oxygen concentrators on the market and the Bridge To Care team can help you make the correct decision based on your needs.

There are a variety of factors to consider, including battery life, noise level, continuous vs. pulse flow, and portability, just to name a few.

Both CPAP machines and oxygen concentrators are important devices that can help improve the health and wellness of those suffering from respiratory issues. For additional information or to ask questions, call 800-801-3781 or email