Orbit Medical Offers Breakthrough Technology that Gives New Independence, Improve Health to Home Oxygen Patients

Orbit Medical a leading durable medical equipment distributor offers break through technology that enhances the lives for those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD). The HomeFill system offered by Orbit Medical is the most advanced refillable home oxygen system on the market. The HomeFill system allows patients to regain their independence.

Salt Lake City, UT, December 28, 2007 --(PR.com)-- New technology can help the more than one million mostly older people on home oxygen therapy as treatment for emphysema, bronchitis, and other chronic respiratory conditions.

For the individual diagnosed with respiratory disease requiring continuous home oxygen therapy, life can suddenly seem very limited. Everyday activities once taken for granted, such as doing the laundry or going outside, are no longer so simple.

A breakthrough in portable home oxygen technology is changing all that. A new system now available is improving the health, longevity and quality of life for people on home oxygen therapy.

Most people on home oxygen suffer from emphysema, bronchitis or other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 16 million Americans, mostly older people, have been diagnosed with COPD, according to the American Lung Association, and more than one million are on home oxygen therapy. Recent emphasis on health care cost containment has promoted faster hospital discharges, which has increased the need for home oxygen therapy.

The accepted treatment for advanced COPD is continuous oxygen, and it has been proven effective. “The biggest issue is compliance,” says William Corrao, M.D., with University Pulmonary Associates in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. “The older technology is cumbersome and not user friendly. It doesn’t allow people to easily get up and out of the house, and it attracts a lot of attention. People are embarrassed to be seen with the equipment; they get short of breath moving it around, so they don’t use it.”

The new technology now available addresses those issues. It enables patients to refill their own compact cylinders at home easily and safely, rather than depending on having oxygen delivered to their homes on a regular basis. One 4.5 lb. cylinder provides more than 5 hours of ambulatory time and can be reused over and over. The patient carries the cylinder in an unobtrusive pack worn over the shoulder or around the waist.

The benefits of the new technology go beyond convenience. Oxygen patients who are able to remain active are healthier and they live longer. In the key medical study, highly ambulatory patients on continuous oxygen therapy had a 50% higher survival rate than low ambulatory, nighttime only patients. “Portable oxygen is an important part of rehabilitation because it enhances a patient’s ability to exercise,” says James K. Stoller, M.D., M.S., Head, Section of Respiratory Therapy and Vice Chairman of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. “Exercise makes them stronger and helps them use oxygen more efficiently.”

In addition to the direct health benefits, the home-refillable system helps people remain independent and active, which is so important to quality of life. Patients no longer worry about running out of oxygen before the next delivery, and spontaneous trips and out-of-town travel become much easier.

“Until now, when you were on 24-hour home oxygen therapy, you were limited to the 47-foot breathing line from your stationary concentrator or you had to pull around a heavy handcart,” says Shawn Ross Vice President of Marketing for Orbit Medical. “It can be a depressing thing to be tied down like that. We see such an improvement with this new system. Instead of deteriorating emotionally, people keep up their activity level.”

The most advanced refillable home oxygen system on the market is the HomeFill. The HomeFill is distributed by Orbit Medical, a leader in the Durable Medical Equipment industry. The system consists of a concentrator, a compressor, refillable cylinders, and a convenience pack with a built-in conserving device that extends the oxygen supply. The 4.5 lb. cylinder can be refilled in about 80 minutes.

“The equipment menu for oxygen patients was pretty limited until the HomeFill came along,” says Ross. “It is a lot easier for respiratory patients to carry a 4.5-lb. pack on their shoulder than to wheel around a 12-lb.cylinder or deal with liquid oxygen.”

The other big benefit of the HomeFill system is that it virtually eliminates the cost of delivery. “Insurance companies and Medicare are paying for us to make deliveries like a milkman, once a week or every other week,” says Ross. “Patients have to sit around waiting for the delivery truck, because we are not allowed to leave oxygen cylinders unattended. Once we’ve set up a patient with the HomeFill, we only need to make one service call per year to check the equipment.”

Demand for the new technology is increasing as more homecare providers offer the HomeFill system and more physicians and patients become aware of it. The HomeFill system is available through Orbit Medical.

Along with the HomeFill system Orbit Medical also provides wheel chairs for those with mobility needs and CPAP machines for those suffering from sleep apnea. Orbit Medical utilizes trained insurance specialists in order to help its customers receive medically necessary products through their insurance benefits. For more information visit www.orbitmedical.com or call toll free 1-800-403-9610.

Orbit Medical
Cameron Smith