Oxygen Concentrators Market Strategies, Market Opportunities, and Market Forecasts

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REPORT NO. L08070210001       121 PAGES      37 TABLES AND FIGURES   2002      

Oxygen Concentrators Market Assessment

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Oxygen Concentrators Markets,

Treatment Trends,

U.S. Healthcare Delivery Industry,

Market Drivers For Healthcare Cost Containmen,t

Homecare Market Growth Factors,

Homecare Information Systems Market Trends,

Home Medical Information Systems Market Segments,

Oxygen Concentrator Market Shares,





Market Shifts

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oxygen concentrators market strategies, Market Opportunities, market forecasts, 2002-2007

Many medical professionals and patients prefer home health care to institutional care because they believe that it results in greater patient independence, increased patient responsibility, and improved responsiveness to treatment.  Familiar surroundings are believed to be conducive to improved patient outcomes.

Health care professionals, public payors, and private payors agree that home care is a cost effective, clinically appropriate alternative to facility-based care.  Adults would rather recover from accident or illness in their home.  Many studies show that over 90% of the older population prefers home-based long-term care.  

Patient preference for home healthcare is universal.  Oxygen concentrators provide quality of life in a homecare setting.

The worldwide standard oxygen concentrator market, which was at $300,161 million in the year 2001, is expected to grow steadily over the next few years and reach $377,878 million by the year 2007.

Oxygen concentrator products enrich normal room air to a 90% oxygen level for patients suffering from chronic obstructive lung diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis.  Oxygen concentrators provide a continuous flow of oxygen by separating oxygen from room air with a molecular sieve composed of an inorganic silicate.  Units from a range of different manufacturers use compressors from the same manufacturer, Thomas.

Oxygen concentrators are generally used in the home by patients who require supplemental oxygen.  Supplemental oxygen is prescribed for people with a variety of chronic pulmonary disorders, such as lung cancer, emphysema, bronchitis or acute pneumonia.


Companies Profiled


Market Leaders


CHAD Therapeutics

Invacare Corporation




SeQual Technologies


Sunrise Medical

Thomas Industries


Oxygen Concentrator Market Shifts as Portable Units Become Available



This is the one-hundredth report in a series of market research reports that provide forecasts in healthcare.   The project leaders take direct responsibility for writing and preparing each report.  They have significant experience preparing industry studies.   Forecasts are based on primary research and proprietary data bases.   Forecasts reflect analysis of the market trends in the segment and related segments.  Unit and dollar shipments are analyzed through consideration of dollar volume of each market participation in the segment.   market share analysis includes conversations with key customers of products, industry segment leaders, marketing directors, distributors, leading market participants, and companies seeking to develop measurable market share.  Over 200 in depth interviews are conducted for each report with a broad range of key participants and opinion leaders in the market segment.


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WinterGreen Research , founded in 1985, provides strategic market assessments in telecommunications, communications equipment, health care, and advanced computer technology.   Industry reports focus on opportunities that will expand existing markets or develop major new markets.  The reports assess new product and service positioning strategies, new and evolving technologies, and technological impact on products, services, and markets.  Market shares are provided.   Leading market participants are profiled, and their marketing strategies, acquisitions, and strategic alliances are discussed.   The principals of WinterGreen Research have been involved in analysis and forecasting of international business opportunities in telecommunications and advanced computer technology markets for over 30 years.

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Ellen T. Curtiss, Technical Director, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, conducts strategic and market assessments in technology-based industries.   Previously she was a member of the staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc., for 23 years, most recently as Vice President of Arthur D. Little Decision Resources, specializing in strategic planning and market development services.   She is a graduate of Boston University and the Program for Management Development at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.   She is the author of recent studies on worldwide telecommunications markets and the Top Ten Telecommunications market analysis and forecasts.

Susan Eustis, President, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, has done research in communications and computer markets and applications.  She holds several patents in microcomputing and parallel processing.   She is the author of recent studies of the Regional Bell Operating Companies' marketing strategies, Internet equipment, a study of Internet Equipment, Worldwide Telecommunications Equipment, Top Ten Telecommunications, Digital Loop Carrier, Web Hosting, and Application Integration markets.   Ms. Eustis is a graduate of Barnard College.


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