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  • LifeChoice POC from the Patient's Perspective

    The manual is a nice and has tough plastic coated pages that will stand up to frequent use. It is the shortest one, only 15 pages. Some manuals are 40 pages long, but it is clear and concise with cautions and warnings up front. It had excellent simple, easy to understand instructions. It could have used a couple of pictures - diagrams about charging or how to hook up the straps, but I figured out how to do it.

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  • Uneasy Rider? Easy Rental Program

    Traveling with oxygen does not have to be an “uneasy” experience. During the summer months, many of our patients at AMSR hit the road by car and explore new places and revisit old ones. Using oxygen in your car is fairly simple if we are prepared and educated!

    Before enjoying some summer fun, the first thing to do should be to check with your physician. Let them that you’re planning a trip; make sure that any restrictions on your activities are discussed. It’s also wise to have copies of any prescriptions with you, including one for oxygen, just in case something comes up along the way. Things to discuss with your doctor should include: traveling at higher altitudes than normal, going to areas of high pollution, extreme temperature or humidity and seasonal allergies. A statement from your physician is vital if traveling by air.

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  • Understanding Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency? - Symptoms and Treatment

    While emphysema is most often connected with smoking cigarettes, not everyone who has emphysema, a form of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), acquires it from smoking or other external factors like air pollution or work in factories with chemical fumes. A genetic disorder called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (known as A1AD or AAT) can cause emphysema in people with no other risk factors. [1]

    Fortunately, with early detection and treatment, A1AD is treatable.

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  • Health Problems or Sleep Problems?

    If you've ever had a baby, or taken care of a baby for any length of time, you know that when they start crying, you don't always know what's wrong. Sometimes you try everything you can think of and still they cry. It's frustrating to be unable to diagnose the problem, and even more frustrating when you think you know what's wrong but it just doesn't calm them down.

    The same sort of problem can occur no matter how old a person gets. Sure, most people stop the incessant crying, and as they learn to speak they can make specific complaints, but often the diagnosis still ends up wrong, and the problem continues. A common misdiagnosis involves sleep problems, especially sleep apnea.

    Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder involving pauses in breathing or periods of very shallow breathing. It is diagnosed with an overnight sleep study. If no sleep study is done, however, a person can live with sleep apnea for some time and experience a wide range of effects that they don't know how to explain. These can be confused with depression, dementia, or many other mental or physical ailments. Sleep apnea can sometimes go on for years before being identified, impacting health in other ways, as well as social and occupational status.

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  • Explaining a Hyperbaric Chamber

    For some oxygen therapy, it’s necessary to use a higher pressure than standard atmospheric pressure.  This is called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. A hyperbaric chamber is used to maintain the pressure and can also control the amount of oxygen present. These chambers are generally capsules in which a person can lay and receive the necessary treatment.

    There are several reasons a hyperbaric chamber may be used. When a diver comes to the surface too quickly, they risk a condition called decompression sickness, or the bends. Because of the drastic change in pressure, nitrogen bubbles develop in the body, blocking oxygen and causing other damage. The increased pressure in a hyperbaric chamber helps bring the body back into balance.

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  • Understanding Liquid Oxygen

    All elements can exist as either a solid, liquid, or gas, but very few exist in all of these forms naturally. Oxygen is no different. While water, which is made up of mostly oxygen, is one of the rare substances that exist in nature in every form, oxygen itself exists only as a gas. However, the technology exists to bring oxygen to low enough temperatures and high enough pressures to condense into its liquid form.

    Liquid oxygen displays a number of interesting properties. Because it has to be so cold, it will freeze anything it comes in contact with, and can cause it to become extremely brittle. It is also a powerful oxidizing agent, causing organic material to burn rapidly and energetically when put together. Some materials become very unstable and unpredictable when soaked in liquid oxygen, detonating in some cases just from light impact.

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  • What is a Nebulizers

    A nebulizer is a device used to administer medication as a mist inhaled into the lungs. They are commonly used to treat respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD. Medication is added to the machine as a liquid, and then changed into a mist in order to be inhaled. This method is preferable to ingestion or other delivery methods because it targets the respiratory tract directly. This speeds the onset of the medication and reduces some side effects.

    Nebulizers use oxygen, compressed air, or ultrasonic power to break up the medications into small aerosol droplets. An aerosol is a mixture of gas and liquid particles, such as mist. To inhale a medication, it’s necessary for these aerosol droplets to be extremely small, or they will only be absorbed by the mouth rather than lower airways where they are needed. Unfortunately, not all nebulizers are able to achieve the small size necessary, so some research is warranted.

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  • Summertime and the Breathing is Not-so-Easy

    As most of us already know, the typical symptoms of a COPD exacerbation include shortness of breath and a phlegm-producing, productive cough. Many people find that their symptoms worsen in the winter months due to the cold, but oftentimes the summer months can bring about flare ups, as well.

    With the summer months come heat, humidity, allergens and air pollution. Any of these factors may increase one’s risk of a COPD exacerbation!

    When the temperature outside rises our bodies use additional energy in order to cool ourselves down. With this increased energy need comes an increase in the amount of oxygen that our bodies require. As a result, our blood oxygen levels may drop, which makes us feel short of breath.
    Humidity might also have an adverse effect on one’s COPD by adding “resistance” to the air we breathe. Airborne allergens also have a tendency to increase with the extra moisture in the air. Smog and air pollution have the potential to be irritants or triggers, also. Any of these factors may increase one’s risk of a flare up.

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  • Explaining Oxygen Concentrators

    Oxygen concentrators are medical devices used to assist patients who require more oxygen than is available in the ambient air. Oxygen therapy is a common method of treatment for many lung and respiratory conditions. An oxygen concentrator is a considerably safer and more convenient alternative to compressed oxygen tanks.

    An oxygen concentrator has two cylinders filled with a substance called zeolite, which removes nitrogen from the air. One cylinder is pressurized and the nitrogen is absorbed, while in the second chamber it’s allowed to dissipate back into the surrounding air.  Concentrators are available that handle various flow rates and concentrations to meet the individual needs of the patient.

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  • What is an Oxygen Tent

    Oxygen tents aren’t as common as they once were because of the development of better technology. They are exactly what they sound like: a tent or plastic covering that can go over a person’s head or cover them entirely and provided increased oxygen. Humidity can also be controlled inside an oxygen tent, and at times they are used for that purpose alone. They are commonly used to help small children with breathing problems.

    Oxygen tents can be used to cover a child’s crib, tucking under the mattress, and providing oxygen therapy. This is often more comfortable than attempting to use an oxygen mask with babies. If a child is suffering from a severe breathing problem, such as croup, they may be put in an oxygen tent. This can be frightening for a child, so it’s important to be nearby to help them stay calm.

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