Living with an oxygen tank can be tough, especially when moving around. Since tanks and cylinders can be quite heavy, carrying one around daily can cause extra, unneeded strain. To help make transport a bit more bearable, here are some options that can help users carry their tanks:
How Big are Oxygen Tanks or Cylinders?
Before getting into how to transport an oxygen cylinder, it is important to know how much each cylinder weighs and how big they are. The M6 cylinder, for example, is 15 inches long and weighs about 3 pounds. It’s larger counterpart, the M60, weighs around 20 pounds. C-type cylinders (also called M9), weigh about 5.5 pounds, and D-type cylinders weigh about the same. D cylinders, however, are a few inches longer than C cylinders, and a bit thinner. E-type cylinders weigh around 7.5 pounds and are about 30 inches long. All cylinders have a filling pressure of 2200 psi.
While these sizes may seem manageable to many, carrying around a large oxygen tank daily can be quite the hassle. Plus, carrying roughly 5 pounds of dead weight all the time can greatly wear down anyone’s muscles.
For people who use walking aids, a walker or rollator basket is typically the best way to carry an oxygen tank. Since the tanks themselves are quite durable, they can be placed safely in a rollator basket without much concern. Other walker accessories, like tote bags, can provide a more secure way to store items, including oxygen tanks as well. Installing a tote on the side of a rollator to hold oxygen canisters is a popular option, since it makes access to the tank itself much easier than storing it in the front.
Wheelchair users will need a bag to carry their oxygen tank regardless, so finding the right wheelchair tote is vital. Durable, waterproof totes for outdoor wheelchairs are best for carrying oxygen cylinders, and some oxygen cylinder carrying bags are attatchable to wheelchairs as well.
Other Ways to Carry
For storing and transporting oxygen cylinders at home, a single-cylinder rack may be used for ease of transport. These devices act like dollies, and are meant to be pulled a short distance away from the user. Carts, on the other hand, work best for carrying multiple cylinders, and are usually managed by medical workers to transport oxygen tanks from place to place.
Oxygen users can also carry their tanks with the help of a specified oxygen tote bags, backpacks, or even personalized carry-ons. To learn more about transporting your oxygen cylinders, speak with your primary care physician. To browse other respiratory care products, visit Medical Supply Depot.