Oxygen Safety

  • What is the Normal Oxygen Level? How to Check Your Own Oxygen Level

    If you have COPD any other chronic lung condition, you probably know what it means to have a lower than normal blood oxygen saturation level. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is just one example, but it means that your lungs' ability to bring in enough oxygen is compromised. The tiny air sacks in your lungs have been damaged, so you can't absorb enough oxygen through these sacks into your bloodstream.

    It's important to have a certain level of oxygen, versus a certain level of carbon dioxide in your blood at one time. The carbon dioxide is carried back to your lungs, where it is breathed out when you exhale. The oxygen you breathed in gets delivered to every part of your body, as part of the fuel you need to keep your body working properly.

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  • Hurricane Preparedness Plan

    During hurricane season, power outages are a commonplace. For most people, these power outages are an inconvenience. For those on oxygen therapy, it can be more concerning. Being prepared for a hurricane is paramount – especially for oxygen therapy users.

    With a little bit of planning, you can prevent having unnecessary stress during an already stressful situation. We have created a list of things to consider when making your preparedness plan.

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  • Oxygen User Emergency Preparedness Tips

    Accidents and emergencies can happen with and without warnings, such as a severe snowstorm, hurricane or an unexpected fire. When they do happen, everyone, including oxygen therapy users, need to be able to act fast. To make sure that you’ll be prepared for anything, whether it’s an evacuation or a situation where you need to stay put, make sure that you’ve got your oxygen ready to go with you.

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  • Flooding: Top 5 Safety Tips

    As many of you may have heard (or even unfortunately experienced), a hurricane, deemed “Harvey,” hit the coast of Texas, near Corpus Christi. The long road to clean-up and recovery is just beginning for many. Interested in donating to the victims of Hurricane Harvey? Click here to view Charities Providing Assistance in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey!

    Natural disasters, such as flooding, can be extremely dangerous for people of all ages, especially if you suffer from any lung or breathing related illnesses. Even after the flood water recedes, there are conditions that can put your lung health at risk. How can you stay safe during these uncertain times? Keep reading for our top five things you’ll want to know during a flooding weather emergency.

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  • Smoking and Oxygen Therapy: What You Need to Know

    Using supplemental oxygen can be a life-saving therapy for many people. However, with the benefits comes responsibilities to using your machine safely. One of the most dangerous activities you can do around oxygen is smoking. The reason oxygen is so dangerous is because while normal air has 21 percent oxygen, supplemental oxygen can deliver up 90 percent pure oxygen, which can create an environment where fires can easily ignite and burn very quickly.

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  • Safety Precautions for Using Oxygen Therapy

    Just as with all at-home medical equipment, there are certain safety measures you'll need to take when using oxygen therapy. Knowing how to use safely oxygen at home is important because you don't want to have an accident while using something that is supposed to be helping you.

    Even though oxygen is all around us in the air, high concentrations of it can be dangerous for two main reasons.

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  • Oxygen Therapy Safety – How to Prevent Fires and Other Hazards

    Oxygen concentrators are very safe to use, but just like with any piece of electrical or mechanical equipment they require some basic safety measures you will need to take if you are using one. Any electronic device can be a potential fire hazard, and fire is fueled by oxygen, which is produced in a pure form by oxygen concentrators. It easy to prevent fire or other hazards from happening.

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  • Facts About Oxygen Therapy

    Just finding out that you do need oxygen therapy, or you might need it, can be a scary thing. It doesn't need to be so scary though, since it should be treated just like any other type of medication. Your doctor is the only one that can say if you need to use oxygen therapy, so you should heed his or her advice over all. If you're curious about how oxygen therapy is prescribed and why, here are a few facts on the subject.

    Why do I need oxygen therapy?

    Medical oxygen therapy is necessary when you cannot bring enough oxygen into your lungs to disperse throughout your body. Every cell in your body needs oxygen, and if you aren't getting enough, your health will begin to decline pretty quickly. Even if you aren't getting enough oxygen over the course of a few days, you will begin to feel very run-down. Feeling run-down will lower your quality of life, and over time, lack of oxygen will cause your organs to fail.

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  • The 10 Basic Safety Guidelines for Oxygen Therapy Use

    Proper safety measures are important for you, those around you, and for the life of your oxygen machine. An oxygen concentrator, and tanks should be handled as serious medical equipment and delicate electronics in the case of an oxygen concentrator. In short, they should be respected and handled with care.

    You also need to follow a few simple safety guidelines and keep some things in mind when using your oxygen therapy equipment.

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  • Oxygen Therapy and Staying Safe – Safety Measures for Oxygen Users

    An oxygen concentrator is an electronic, and as with all electronics, you have to practice a few simple safety measures while using it. The fact that it puts out a very pure form of oxygen also makes it a special case, and more volatile than other medical machines. It's still a very safe piece of medical equipment to use, and our portable oxygen concentrators are even safe to use on airplanes, as approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

    You'll stay safe if you just follow a few simple safety guidelines while using your oxygen concentrator. You can find even more safety instructions in the owners manual of your oxygen concentrator.

    Staying away from heat and flames is the most important thing you can do to stay safe while using an oxygen concentrator. Oxygen itself won't explode or combust when coming in contact with flames. It's a non-flammable gas, and won't go up in flames like gasoline fumes. However, a high purity of oxygen feeds a flame quicker than regular air, and you know how quickly a flame can ignite just in the air in a room.

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