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26dollars

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From: east st kilda
10 total posts
Currently suffering :(
Hi all,

So, my cluster's just started again after a merciful 4 months of respite.

Just organized oxygen today, was just hoping someone here could point me towards where I might purchase a regulator online.

It needs to have a max flow rate of 25 litres per minute.

I've had a look on eBay but it's difficult to tell if I'd be buying the right thing.

Anyone able to point me towards a medical supply website?

Thanks in advance, yours in pain, Daniel
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Barry T Coles

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From: Karratha
217 total posts
Not currently suffering :D
Hi Daniel
For the sake of trying to get a regulator on line & not really knowing what you are getting really isnt worth the trouble.

You are better off simply going to BOC & purchasing one over the counter, you can see what you are getting & will be able to ask questions.

I steer right away from internet sales for this sort of thing.

Cheers
Barry
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BlueDevil

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DAN Asia Pacific is a scuba safety organisation that supplies oxygen equipment I have no idea how their prices compare with other suppliers.

This would be my choice in a regulator since it has a demand valve and supply 100% O2 with every breath and no O2 wastage. However it will be more expensive than a fixed flow regulator (ie non-demand) - I think it is around the $500 sort of range. http://www.danasiapacific.org/main/proddetail.php?prod=ECON

A basic regulator like this would be cheaper since it doesn't have a demand valve: http://www.danasiapacific.org/main/proddetail.php?prod=BASICUNIT_S[
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(However you probably wouldn't ned the resuscitaion mask that comes with it, and maybe not the cover designed for a C cylinder (but could be handy to have when out and about).
They are a very reputable organization. However compare prices with suppliers like BOC or Supagas etc.This post was edited on 18/08/2012 at 1:17 pm
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Ben

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From:
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Currently suffering :(
Hi Daniel,
First, listen to Barry, he knows O2 better than most.
Second, is that Cheltenham in SA, Daniel?
If so, I have helped SA locals with O2 supply before.
My CH specialist has made inroads with the local suppliers. I can always drop him a line and see what you need and where to get it, in person, here in SA.
Getting a CH designed O2 rig for you should be relatively easy, if not PBS subsidised!
I see a lot of people shelling out the big bucks on their own, where often the hospital system can help get the right gear, on the cheap.
Feel free to PM me if you need any assistance in SA.

Cheers, Ben.
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26dollars

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From: east st kilda
10 total posts
Currently suffering :(
Hi Barry, Bluedevil, Ben

Cheers for the advice - for now I'm renting one from Supagas, but I'll probs just buy one directly off them soon. Appreciate your input guys.
Oh and Ben, I was living in Cheltenham in VIC, not SA - but thanks again for your offer of assistance.
Cheers, Daniel
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Kurosaki

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From: Carnegie
17 total posts
Currently suffering :(
Hi
Glad you found Supagas, Cheltenham. The crew are incredibly supportive and Kay T(Sales Rep) is just the best. Her phone number is listed on the website under O2.
Hope it helps.
Kurosaki
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BlueDevil

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I live quite close to Supagas in Cheltenham and it would be my first port of call if I were to need gas or equipment. The only reason I haven't gone that route is that as a scuba diver I can just get oxygen fills from my local dive shop without any hassles of needing a letter from my doctor.

I would be interested to know what sort of regulators Supagas have in stock and approx prices if anyone happens to be discussing this with them.

My suggestion of purchasing medical oxygen regulators from a scuba organisation ( "DAN" as I mentioned above) is because divers and CHers have similar needs. Oxygen first aid for divers requires as close to 100% as possible, and this is what CH sufferers also need. Other medical applications of oxygen therapy can be quite dissimilar to the needs of divers and CH, hence the possibility that some medical gas suppliers may not understand understand where we are coming from (obviously not the case at Supagas in Cheltenham though).This post was edited on 21/08/2012 at 3:44 pm
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