Articles by Chris Vasta

Articles by Chris Vasta

Chris Vasta is the president of The CPAP Shop and an expert in sleep and respiratory therapy. He often provides insights on product design and functionality on various manufacturers’ prototypes and is frequently tapped to provide reviews on new releases.

  • Best Portable Nebulizers Of 2022

    Best Portable Nebulizers Of 2024

    May 29, 2024

    Nebulizers help manage respiratory illnesses to prevent attacks or increased severity of the illness. Portable nebulizers allow users to take their treatments on the go so their lifestyle is not limited by their respiratory illness. We have reviewed some of the best portable nebulizers on the market to find which brands provide the most benefits to patients. Our experts have looked at key features from preferred devices and have selected the best portable nebulizers of 2022.  

  • what is a jet nebulizer

    What is a Jet Nebulizer?

    May 14, 2024

    Jet nebulizers use compressed gas to make medicated mist. These nebulizers deliver this gas through a pressurized stream of air, down a narrow tube or channel, and through an opening to create a jet. The movement of the air creates a vacuum that pushes the liquid medication out of the nebulizer, driving the misted medication deep into the lungs. Jet nebulizers are inexpensive, easy to use, and can deliver a variety of medications that cannot be administered by handheld inhalers.

  • How to Change the Filter On a Respironics EverFlo Oxygen Concentrator?

    How to Change the Filter On a Respironics EverFlo Oxygen Concentrator?

    May 7, 2024
    Regular maintenance is critical for the everyday performance of your Respironics EverFlo Oxygen Concentrator. Changing your filters will help maintain consistent oxygen flow, prevent overheating, and keep your oxygen supply clean. How Often Should You Change the Respironics EverFlo Oxygen Concentrator’s Filter? The Respironics EverFlo filters are low maintenance. So, you...
  • Oxygen Concentrator Troubleshooting

    Oxygen Concentrator Troubleshooting

    April 30, 2024

    Although it may initially sound alarming and concerning, a beeping oxygen concentrator is no reason to panic. Most stationary and portable oxygen concentrators have several built-in safety features to alert users that something requires attention. Not only will your machine audibly beep, but most also have visual alarms as well in case the user is vision- or hearing-impaired. Most often, the concentrator either requires power or has detected poor airflow. Here are some reasons, and how to address the issues, of why your oxygen concentrator could be beeping. Use this checklist to help you figure the alarm out on your own. 

  • What is the Difference Between Pulse Dose & Continuous Flow Oxygen Concentrators?

    Difference Between Pulse Dose & Continuous Flow Oxygen Concentrators

    April 24, 2024 Patients with respiratory illness may require supplemental medical oxygen. When your physician writes a prescription, they will indicate the number of liters of oxygen delivered per minute (LPM) that you require. The LPM required will help determine whether a pulse dose or continuous flow oxygen concentrator best suits your needs. Here’s how the...
  • How to Deal with Oxygen Therapy Side Effects

    How to Deal with Oxygen Therapy Side Effects

    April 17, 2024
    While oxygen therapy provides helpful benefits to anyone with a respiratory illness such as COPD or asthma, there is always the risk of side effects. Knowing the best practices for oxygen therapy and following a few tips for prevention can help make your treatments safe and effective.  What are Oxygen Therapy Side Effects? With regular use of an oxygen tank or oxygen concentrato...
  • Belluscura X-PLOR Portable Oxygen Concentrator Review

    Belluscura X-PLOR Portable Oxygen Concentrator Review

    March 20, 2024

    The Belluscura X-PLOR Portable Oxygen Concentrator is a lightweight and compact portable oxygen concentrator designed with ModulAir® and Airgonomical™ technology, ideal for oxygen therapy patients who want to replace their heavy oxygen units with something smaller but just as effective. This device includes a user-friendly interface to change/see settings easily, high oxygen outputs, and a rechargeable battery all at an affordable cost. With this portable oxygen concentrator, users will feel ready and able to participate in all the activities life has to offer. 

  • What is Emphysema?

    What is Emphysema?

    March 6, 2024
    Emphysema is a chronic respiratory and lung condition that affects roughly 3 million Americans. It is one of the respiratory conditions classified as COPD and is most common among men between the ages of 50 and 70. While it is a progressive illness without a cure, it is entirely preventable. Understanding the cause, stages and treatment of emphysema gives anyone with a diagnosis the best i...
  • What is a Home Oxygen Concentrator?

    What is a Home Oxygen Concentrator?

    February 26, 2024
    During a typical day, the average person breathes nearly 25,000 times1 without thinking much about it. But, not everyone is breathing easy. For those suffering from respiratory ailments that require a regular supply of supplemental oxygen, each breath matters. A home oxygen concentrator (HOC) is the preferred solution for delivering that necessary flow of oxygen in the comfort of your own home...
  • Traveling with Portable Oxygen Concentrator to US National Parks

    Traveling with Portable Oxygen Concentrator to US National Parks

    February 19, 2024
    As the country begins to ease travel restrictions, folks are planning trips and vacations again. For patients who rely on portable oxygen therapy, this means ensuring proper travel preparations are made. For example, folks visiting US National Parks should consider a few things: elevation, available power sources, and operating temperature. Here is our list of things to consider when trave...
  • An Overview of Latest Technologies in New Oxygen Concentrators

    An Overview of Latest Technologies in New Oxygen Concentrators

    February 8, 2024

    When patients with respiratory illness need assistance breathing, oxygen concentrators are often the solution.  They allow patients to manage their respiratory care at home, and on the go with portable oxygen concentrators.

  • Does The Length Of Oxygen Tubing Matter?

    Does The Length Of Oxygen Tubing Matter?

    January 31, 2024
    Longer oxygen tubing may affect your oxygen concentrator’s performance. Factors such as the type of oxygen concentrator you are using and the type of air flow impact whether a shorter tube may be necessary.  Effect of Tubing on Pulse Dose Machines Pulse dose oxygen concentrators deliver oxygen only when they detect an inhale from the user. Longer oxygen tubing means that your ox...