Tips for Bathing While Using an Oxygen Concentrator

If you need to use your oxygen concentrator for many hours each day, you might find that you'll need to be able to take a shower or bathe yourself while using it. Even though your oxygen concentrator cannot get wet or be around a lot of moisture in the air, you can still enjoy a nice shower or bath while getting your oxygen therapy.

Here are some tips for taking a shower safely while using your oxygen concentrator, as well as somethings you will need to have in your bathroom to make it much easier.

Things You'll Need

An exhaust fan. You should have an exhaust fan in your bathroom, that works well to suck the moist air out of your bathroom. It would be damaging to your oxygen concentrator to take in steam produced by the hot water of your bath or shower.

A shower chair. If you want to take a quick shower, a shower chair makes it easier and reduces fatique. It was also help ensure that water is not dripping down onto your oxygen concentrator.

A detachable showerhead attachment. This is simply a must. You'll have control over where the water is going, so it doesn't get on your oxygen concentrator, or on your nasal cannula. It could be on the end of a hose, or a showerhead arm.

Grab bars in the shower. You should have some grab bars installed on the walls of the shower, and on the walls next to the toilet, or on the wall opposite, to brace yourself and avoid injuries from slipping and falling in the shower.

A clear, thin plastic sheet. You position a clear plastic sheet over the concentrator, so that it is loose enough to allow it to breathe without overheating. This will offer extra protection to the concentrator to keep it from getting wet, just in case it accidentally gets sprayed or splashed.

Shower Safety Tips

Be sure that your cannula tubing won't get tangled, or dip down in your bathwater. Go slow, and make sure the cannula tubing is behind you, and the length is short between you and the concentrator. Turn on the exhaust fan and cover the concentrator with the plastic sheet. Make sure it isn't tight against the machine, and the plastic isn't covering the vents.

If you're using a small portable model that isn't on a mobile cart, try to place it up higher on a table, but not near an edge where it could fall off. If this is the case, make sure you can't easily pull on the cannula, which would cause it to fall.

Be mindful of your cannula tubing while you wash yourself, or while you use the showerhead attachment. Also make sure the spray isn't getting anywhere near the concentrator.

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