New Support for Over One Million Floridians with COPD in South Florida: 340,000 with COPD

New Support for Over One Million Floridians with COPD in South Florida: 340,000 with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (September 7, 2016) – To help the over 1.2 million Floridians who suffer from COPD, a Fort Lauderdale company named Oxygen Butler is bringing a new approach to an increasingly common product, the portable oxygen concentrator.

There are nearly 340,000 people in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties alone that have COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, who can benefit from advances in portable oxygen concentrator technology and who now have easier access to these devices through Oxygen Butler’s new high-service location in Fort Lauderdale.

Portable oxygen concentrators are lighter than ever. Home concentrators can weigh over 40 pounds. Portables have commonly been around 10 pounds. Now there are options under three pounds, such as the Inogen One G4 launched earlier this year.

Perhaps a bigger advancement is in the ease of access to a portable oxygen concentrator (POC).

To date, people on oxygen have had trouble getting a POC from their Medicare supplier. They are typically supplied a home concentrator and heavy oxygen tanks as the “portable” solution.

Additionally, the avenues for learning about and testing various POCs have been limited to medical supply stores that host a limited range of options in store, or Internet suppliers, where hands-on testing of multiple options is not possible.

Oxygen Butler has all the major POCs available for hands-on testing at its Fort Lauderdale location.

“At Oxygen Butler we have built the company around a simple idea. Give people personal expert help in their search for the best portable oxygen solution, and help them regain their freedom,” said Alec Wilkie, Oxygen Butler’s south Florida representative, “We give people something the Internet can’t. We sit down one on one with the customer to find the specific product that will meet their needs, and the requirements their doctor has set.”

New Oxygen Support for Florida Residents

People diagnosed with COPD cannot take in enough oxygen from the air they breathe. According to the American Lung Association COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind cancer and heart disease. They are typically prescribed supplemental oxygen, often in the form of heavy oxygen tanks and at-home concentrators. The drawback of these systems is that they are heavy and make it hard for people to leave their homes. Portable solutions are changing the equation for people on oxygen.

A portable oxygen concentrator is becoming a more common solution given recent advancements in capabilities. A portable oxygen concentrator is a lightweight, portable, tankless machine that produces medical grade supplemental oxygen for patients from the air around them.

The company feels that in-person, one-on-one customer service is critical to help people feel comfortable in making an informed decision.

“People are making a big change in their life when they buy a portable oxygen concentrator, and we’ve found they want in-person help understanding their options and that the latest technology in concentrators is available,” said David Arnett, Marketing Manager for Oxygen Butler. “Customers want to try the different concentrator options and see what they like, if they are easy to use, how easy it is to carry, and so on.”

Oxygen Butler has recently opened a retail store in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “We’re here to help and I love seeing the change this makes for people, hearing about their plans to travel with their new freedom the concentrator gives. It’s really great,” said Wilkie.

This new location will feature the latest technology in portable and home oxygen concentrators for clients to look, feel, touch, and try before purchasing or renting. The company also offers sleep supplies such as CPAP and BiPAP machines and nasal masks. Brands carried include Inogen, Respironics, ResMed, AirSep and SeQual.

Free individual appointments with an onsite oxygen specialist are available every day of the week. These scheduled appointments will allow customers a more personalized and guided experience.

About Oxygen Butler
Oxygen Butler can be reached on the web at www.OxygenButler.com/Florida or for the south Florida office at (800) 941-1402. Oxygen Butler is ACHC accredited and has over 15 years of experience in the oxygen industry. They offer the highest quality brands of oxygen and sleep therapy devices and accessories. At Oxygen Butler, they understand the importance of old-fashioned customer service and provide a level of service that cannot be matched. Offering one-on-one appointments, home calls, consultations, and daily support, Oxygen Butler is a trusted, local, reliable source for your oxygen needs.

Data Sources

“…1.2 million Floridians who have COPD”; “Nearly 340,000 people in Broward…” http://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/research/monitoring-trends-in-lung-disease/estimated-prevalence-and-incidence-of-lung-disease/

“…third leading cause of death…” http://www.lung.org/assets/documents/research/copd-trend-report.pdf