Oxygen Safety

  • Extreme Weather and COPD: Awareness and Preparedness

    Extreme weather wreaks havoc on communities in many ways, but it can be even more devastating for people with a chronic illness such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Different types of weather will carry their unique challenges, so it is crucial to understand what to expect in various weather conditions when you have COPD to ensure your health and safety.

    In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most extreme forms of weather and go over how you can prepare for them if you have COPD. Keep in mind that there might be some overlap between various weather conditions, so you might need to prepare for 2 or 3 different weather extremes at the same time. Also, these guidelines are not meant to be exhaustive when it comes to disaster preparation. Instead, the focus here is to provide specific tips if you have COPD.

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  • Preparing for Severe Weather for Oxygen Therapy Patients

    When it comes to severe weather, preparation is vital. You may not know exactly when a hurricane, tornado, earthquake or flood will strike, but there are things you can do to be prepared when it does. This is especially important when you have a medical condition. If you are undergoing oxygen therapy and use an oxygen concentrator, here are some helpful tips to get prepared.

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  • 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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  • Oxygen and Vaseline: A Dangerous Combination or a Myth?

    Oxygen and Vaseline have a complicated history. There is much back and forth from medical professionals and scientists regarding whether it is safe to use Vaseline when receiving oxygen therapy or not. However, are these 2 substances a dangerous combination or is that a myth?

    In this myth-buster blog post, we will find out once-and-for-all whether oxygen and Vaseline are a safe combination or not. First, let us briefly discuss what Vaseline is.

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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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