How Much Does an Oxygen Tank Cost?
An oxygen tank is necessary to deliver oxygen to a patient. It can be used as a stationary piece of hospital equipment or as a portable unit. Oxygen tanks come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different patient needs.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the brand and the size, oxygen tanks are going to range anywhere from as little as $60 to as much as $300.
- At Tri-Medinc.com, aluminum oxygen cylinders sizes M6 to H cost $45 to $400, depending on size. Oxygen regulators CGA870 and CGA540 Continuous Flow cost $45 to $65, depending on the flow range. All oxygen tanks require a prescription.
- CPR Savers & First Aid Supply offers a variety of oxygen tanks, including LIFE oxygen tanks that cost $275 to $335, and the LIFE replacement cylinders that cost $105 to $180. Other cylinder brands and sizes retailed for $60 to $325.
What is going to be included?
- Medical oxygen tank cylinders are usually made from high strength aluminum alloy with standard finish. Each tank undergoes a stringent inspection and testing at every stage of production as per standard specifications and requirements. The tanks are usually inspected in an authorized laboratory. The cylinders are usually shipped empty.
- Each oxygen tank will come with a dial that tells you if you have enough oxygen in the tank and if it is time for a refill.
- Oxygen tanks can be transported in a variety of ways. Some of them will come on wheels so that the used can wheel it with them wherever they go. Other smaller ones may come in a backpack that can be worn. There are also those that come in a carrying case that can also hold all of the other items that are necessary for usage.
What are the extra costs?
- When obtaining portable oxygen tanks, you will need to purchase an oxygen tank regulator, which regulates the flow of the oxygen from the tank. The device costs about $40 to $52, depending on the size and type. Oxygen masks and tubes are also necessary for the delivery of the oxygen from the tank to the patient. Masks can cost $40 to $60 while tubes can cost can cost $30 to 100, depending on the length. Nasal cannulas, which deliver supplemental oxygen, may also be necessary. They cost about $40 to $100. Another necessary accessory, particularly during traveling, is the oxygen cylinder and tank rack that is attached to the truck to secure the oxygen tank. It can cost about $65 to $105, depending on the size and design.
- Refills will be required down the road; these can cost around $20-$40.
Factors that influence the price:
- Size. Oxygen cylinder tanks come in different sizes including M2, M4, M6, ML6, M9, D, Jumbo D, E, M60, MM, and H. Smaller oxygen tanks like the M6 sizes cost about $50 while larger ones such as the MM sizes cost about $400.
- Accessories. Components that make an oxygen tank usable are sold separately, adding to the overall cost of the usage of oxygen tanks. These include the regulator, mask, tube, nasal cannula and other accessories needed to deliver the oxygen from the tank to the patient.
- Shipping. The cost of shipping is typically based on the amount of your order. For example, with some suppliers, the cost of shipping for an order in the amount of $699 is $38.50. Additionally, choosing a faster mode of shipment entails a higher cost.
Tips to know:
- Compressed oxygen used for medical purposes is typically stored in a silvery aluminum oxygen cylinder tank having a green dome-shaped top.
- Filling up the cylinders is typically the responsibility of the purchaser. Check with your doctor or the hospital where your doctor is affiliated and ask the medical supplies person to recommend a reputable supplier. Most medical gas suppliers will set up a schedule or deliver when required. They will usually inspect your equipment, inform you of the regulations, and may or may not provide a contract.
- Oxygen regulators come in two types: continuous flow oxygen regulators and oxygen conserving regulators. The latter usually help the tank to last 5 times longer than the continuous type at an equivalent flow rate. It works by letting out oxygen only when the patient triggers it. For this to fully work, the patient will need to breathe hard enough.
How can I save money?
- Shop around. Compare the prices of oxygen tanks and the required accessories from one supplier to another and calculate the cost of shipping. This should give you an idea of the most practical options to go with. Do not just automatically go with the supplier that your doctor suggests.
- Be sure to check with your health insurance provider because some do cover this expense or at least a portion of it.