Family 1st has 40 Oxygen Exchange Centres located across Nova Scotia.


Portable oxygen systems give patients the freedom and flexibility to participate in everyday activities that are restricted by home oxygen systems.

A prescription is required before any oxygen services can be set up. If you have a prescription and would like to set up an appointment please contact us.

Freedom of movement is yours.

The lightweight cylinders or portable concentrators are carried in a compact bag, allowing for increased mobility and enhancing lifestyle.

Conventional oxygen systems deliver a continuous flow of oxygen, wasting gas when the patient exhales. These units are also heavy and awkward to carry.

An Oxygen Conserving Device (OCD)Or Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC) from Family 1st will change the way you live.

What is an Oxygen Conservation Device and how does it work?

The Oxygen Conserving Device (OCD) portable systems sense each breath and deliver oxygen only when the patient inhales. Oxygen is conserved making tanks last 3-5 times longer.

This lightweight, easy to carry system can be rented or purchased.

Contact our Respiratory Staff for details at

Oxygen Concentrator Rentals

  • Rental of the oxygen concentrator
  • Rental of a backup system (includes cylinder & regulator)
  • Free set-up (if the rental period is less than 30 days a set-up and equipment rental fee may be charged)

If you have any questions please contact our respiratory team at

man fishing with son with portable oxygen system

Looking to rent an Oxygen concentrator device? Get in touch with our Respiratory team.