Choosing quality regulators

May 10, 2021

Why is it important to purchase quality regulators from suppliers?


Applied is one of the leading medical oxygen regulator suppliers in the home healthcare industry and here are some important questions you should consider before purchasing a medical regualtor.


1. Why is it important that I sell quality regulators?

A quality regulator delivers the proper prescription of oxygen specified by the healthcare professional, which benefits providers and ultimately patients. Some medical regulator suppliers, like Applied, engineer and do final testing of regulators in the U.S. to ensure regulator quality and dependability.

Remember, price is not as important as quality. The price difference between a quality regulator and a poor quality regulator is usually only $1 or $2, but poor quality regulators have hidden costs. Besides not delivering the correct prescribed dosage, poor quality regulators can leak at a patient’s home and cause additional costs because of pick up and replacement from the patient. Poor quality regulators can even be hazardous from leaks, failure to provide the proper prescription, equipment failures, and more—putting the provider's reputation at risk.


2. How can I determine the quality of a medical oxygen regulator?

First, purchase medical devices such as medical oxygen regulators only from a quality, established, and qualified supplier. This ensures if you have a question or a problem you can get answers and solutions.


3. Do medical regulators require periodic testing?

Yes, under Compressed Gas Association (CGA) standard E-7, 2006, titled Medical Gas Pressure Regulators, Flowmeters, and Orifice Flow Selectors, medical oxygen regulators should be tested at a maximum of 5 year intervals or more frequently if needed to ensure safety. When inspections are performed, they shall include evaluation of damage, material degradation due to aging, contamination, wear, performance, calibration, etc. Inspections should be performed by the manufacturer’s authorized agent or the device manufacturer. 


4. Can I repair or modify a medical oxygen regulator?

No, there are no user repairs or modifications permitted on medical oxygen regulators. Medical oxygen regulators are precision devices which control oxygen pressures up to 2,000 and even 3,000 psig and regulate this pressure to allow patients to receive the proper prescription of oxygen. If a medical oxygen regulator requires a repair or modification contact the supplier, do not attempt to repair or modify it!




When cleaning your Medical Oxygen Regulators, be sure to use the right cleaner! You should use a oxygen compatible cleaner to clean your regulators, so you don’t leave any residue behind. When cleaning any surface that comes in direct contact with oxygen, be sure to follow CGA G.4-1 and use an oxygen compatible cleaner to clean for oxygen service.





Regulators and Conservers:


NEW! OxyGo ConservOx

ConservOx is one of the smallest and lightest oxygen conservers on the market today. Reduce cylinder deliveries and operating costs with this single control and ergonomically designed T-Handle/Hand Tight nut making ConservOx easy-to-use for anyone!

# 1210-0400 (CGA 870)




The Flex-Reg, Applied's unique 0-15 lpm regulator, is the most versatile of all regulators. It has flows from 0 to 15 that can accommodate patients with a low liter per minute prescription as well as hospice and other emergency facilities.

# 1109-2029 (CGA 870, 0-15 lpm)



EMS: 0-25

Applied's EMS Regulator CGA 870 0-25 lpm features a hose barb and two 50 psi power take off outlets, and the settings of 0, 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25.

# 1109-2040 (CGA 870, 0-25 lpm)




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