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CNN.com - 'Can I quit now?' FEMA chief wrote as Katrina raged

E-mails give insight into Brown's leadership, attitude


Brown defends his performance as he testifies before a House committee in September.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Louisiana congressman says e-mails written by the government's emergency response chief as Hurricane Katrina raged show a lack of concern for the unfolding tragedy and a failure in leadership.

Rep. Charlie Melancon, whose district south of New Orleans was devastated by the hurricane, posted a sampling of e-mails written by Federal Emergency Management

2 days ago

Inogen Inc (INGN.O) Company Profile

Inogen, Inc., incorporated on November 27, 2001, is a medical technology company. The Company develops, manufactures and markets portable oxygen concentrators used to deliver supplemental long-term oxygen therapy to patients suffering from chronic respiratory conditions. The Company's Inogen One systems concentrate the air around the patient to offer a single source of supplemental oxygen anytime, anywhere with a portable device. Its three portable product offerings, the Inogen One G4, Inogen One G3 and Inogen One G2, at approximately 2.8, 4.8 and 7.0 pounds with a single battery, respectively. Its Inogen One G4, Inogen One G3 and Inogen One G2 are sub-3, sub-5 and sub-10 pound portable oxygen concentrators, respectively. All of its Inogen One systems are equipped with Intelligent Delivery Technology. The Inogen At Home stationary oxygen concentrator allows it to access the non-ambulatory oxygen patient market and serves as a backup to its Inogen One system for ambulatory patients on its rental service.

In the United States, the Company markets and distributes its products directly to consumers. In the United States and in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, the Company sells to resellers and traditional homecare providers that choose to resell its products to oxygen therapy patients. It also sells to traditional homecare providers that offer its products to patients through insurance. The Company sells its products to home medical equipment providers in the United States and in foreign countries on a credit basis. As of December 31, 2016, the Company sold its products in 45 countries outside the United States through distributors or directly to large house accounts, which include gas companies and home oxygen providers.

The Company competes with Invacare Corporation, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Chart Industries, Inc., ResMed Inc., Drive Medical, O2 Concepts, Precision Medical, Gas Control Equipment, Linde Group, Apria Healthcare, Inc. and Rotech Healthcare, Inc.

4 days ago

Inogen Releases Innovative Inogen One G4 Oxygen Concentrator

GOLETA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Inogen,


a medical technology company offering innovative respiratory products

for use in the homecare setting, today announced the release to market

of its innovative Inogen One G4 portable oxygen concentrator. The

ultra-portable device is the smallest and lightest oxygen concentrator

that the Company has ever produced, and the Company expects the product

to be embraced by long-term oxygen therapy users worldwide.

At only 2.8 pounds, the Inogen One G4 is small and light-weight,

allowing it to seamlessly fit into the lifestyles of active oxygen

therapy patients.

6 days ago

Is The LifeChoice Activox The Best Option For you?

Today we will focus in on the LifeChoice Activox portable oxygen concentrator. The Activox falls into the category of smaller POCs, weighing less than 5 pounds. If this sounds like a unit you are in the market for, read on and we will discuss all of the facts about the Activox. The Activox weighs only [...]

Category: Portable Oxygen Concentrators Tags: LifeChoice Activox, Portable Oxygen Concentrator Reviews

The holiday season has arrived, and you might be looking to purchase a new or used portable oxygen concentrator, so today we are going to lay out the facts regarding the SeQual Eclipse 3, one of the most popular units on the market. SeQual has become a s

2 weeks ago

Oxygen Concentrators A Vital Tool for Oxygen Therapy

People who suffer from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) often experience a narrowing of air passageways, making it hard to breathe. Chronic bronchitis is a type of COPD, and it gets progressively worse as time goes on. While it has some similar symptoms as asthma, symptoms don't improve over time like they do with asthma. Because of the difficulty breathing, COPD sufferers must go on constant oxygen therapy to assist them with getting their bodies enough oxygen. Oxygen therapy is a type of emergency intervention for those who have an unusually difficult time breathing normally. A portable oxygen concentrator is one of the tools used here.

Normally, air consists of about 21 percent oxygen; but sometimes higher percentages are needed for COPD sufferers. During oxygen therapy, an oxygen concentrator provides the patient with a steady dose of oxygen at a specified percentage. These are typically larger units that are bought or leased from medical supply companies. Their overall output can reach up to 10 liters per minute, but usually produce in the 5 liters per minute range. An increase in the liters of oxygen used per minute by the machine increases the concentration of oxygen in the air being inhaled. In recent years, portable oxygen concentrators have become available.

Portable oxygen concentrators don't have the same type of capacity as their full-sized brethren; after all, they're built to move easily. The relatively small capacity of oxygen (usually less than 2 liters per minute) is engaged only when the user is inhaling, making them demand-only concentrators. Unlike continuous flow concentrators, these aren't designed for use when the user is sleeping. These smaller concentrators can run on power derived from a car cigarette lighter or on battery power. This makes them convenient enough for people to take with them while traveling. Portable concentrators are very beneficial for people who can't be without their supplementary supply of oxygen for extended periods of time.

If you have COPD and have trouble breathing, oxygen therapy is the best choice for you. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, a portable oxygen concentrator allows you to continue leading an active lifestyle while getting the therapy you need to function normally. It's important that those with breathing problems or restricted airways use secondary methods of getting air into the lungs before things become more difficult. Home oxygen therapy is a safe and efficient way to treat this disease in comfortable surroundings.

3 weeks ago

Living with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Living with Supplemental Oxygen

It os now more than a decade since my stepfather nearly died from lung failure. As with too many people who stopped smoking some fifteen years before, the damage had been done. After his hospital stay and the begining of his recovery he had to live with lsupplemental oxygen continuously.

The initial period for everyone who must have supplemental oxygen is one of adjustment and this is not an easy time.

The psychological and emotional difficulties are usually much greater than the physical ones, even though people around you will normally focus on those they can see - i.e. the physical ones: the act of breathing, the tubing (cannulas) you u

3 weeks ago

Portable oxygen concentrator - InfoBarrel

Are you planning to buy a portable oxygen concentrator? People who live with mutiple health issues often need oxygen treatments to help cope with their problems.People with breathing problems such as emphysema need to carry oxygen with them where ever they go to make sure they are able to breathe in times of respiratory difficulty.Often the cylinders that are used for compressed systems and liquid oxygen are large and require carefule handling and also have to be refilled quite frequently. Luckily, they can now benefit from the convenience and portable characteristics of the modern portable oxygen concentrators that are available.

Portable oxygen concentrators make use of a molecular filter, zeolite material, that takes in the available atmospheric nitrogen. The user has a constant supply of oxygen due to the fact that the entire cycle only takes 20 seconds. Nitrogen is collected in one cylinder, and then redistributed to the atmosphere, so that it can be used in the next cycle without waste.

These new oxygen concentrators are also less prone to fire hazards than their clunky predecessors that had a tendency to leak and rupture, which created a great potential for combustion and fire hazards. Most of the concentrators that are available now can be carried in a hand bag which is generally no more than 3 to 5 kilograms in weight. The portable oxygen concentrator is therefore more beneficial and convenient. Portable oxygen concentrators are also great for military use because the older tanks were more dangerous in disastrous circumstances, but the portables can safely be used for surgery under any conditions.

Portable oxygen concentrators for medical use can be very expensive to many. However,the purchase price of a concentrator is about half the cost of a year's supply of oxygen from cylinders. Servicing is also not complicated and can if necessary be carried out by the user.