Oxygen Therapy

  • The Important Relationship Between an Oxygen Flow Meter and Breathing Pattern

    Before you buy an oxygen flow meter, there is something to learn about in advance: your breathing pattern can affect the final oxygen dose you receive from your flow meter.

    Many patients receiving oxygen therapy aren’t fully aware that various breathing patterns have direct effects on how they set their oxygen flow meter.

    Your physician prescribes oxygen at a specific dose, one that is appropriate for your condition. However, even though your doctor has prescribed a set liter flow for you (usually 1–3 liters per minute), many variables affect that liter flow. And some can lead to dramatic shifts in the amount of oxygen you are receiving.

    How does this happen? The main problem affecting your therapeutic oxygen level is air dilution.

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  • What Is Medical Grade Oxygen and Why Do I Need an RX?

    Many people may think that getting oxygen is easy since it’s in the air we breathe. Our ambient air (i.e., the natural air around us) comprises of only 20% oxygen; the rest is a mixture of nitrogen, argon, carbon dioxide and other gases. To get pure oxygen, oxygen plants must employ a specialized technique to separate the oxygen from the air, often by collecting air in its gaseous form and liquefying it at cold temperatures.

    Once it’s collected, it must be inspected and packaged into different grades.

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  • Tricky Oxygen Therapy Terms Users Should Know

    As we have been in business since 2001, we have come to realize that there is industry – related jargon that is used among as well as providers, doctors, and others in the oxygen field. This can be very confusing for anyone who doesn’t work in this industry and make an already difficult process even worse. Below, we have tried to define the tricky terms that get tossed around frequently; hopefully, this will help alleviate any headaches!

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  • Guide for New Oxygen Therapy Users - Understanding and Expectations

    If you are new to oxygen therapy, you may be overwhelmed with the information that you have been receiving, or you may be searching for more information. To assist your research, we have compiled a few key topics that you should know and understand about oxygen therapy.

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  • Introduction to Supplemental Oxygen

    Respiratory diseases often create the need for more oxygen than what is available in the air. If you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), you may already be using supplemental oxygen and if not you may have already discussed it with your doctor.

    However, if you’re still not sure what supplemental oxygen is and what it means for you, this post will give you an overview.

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  • How to Prevent Dry Nose, Throat, and Mouth on Oxygen

    If you or a loved one is on Oxygen Therapy, you may have noticed some uncomfortable dryness in the throat, nose, or mouth. This is a common side-effect for first time oxygen users that most people grow accustom to over time. However, there are many helpful tips and tricks to make the cold weather and dry oxygen conditions much more pleasant and livable!

    Dry Nose

    It’s always important to remember and follow your prescribed oxygen flow rate. This number was likely given to you by your doctor and is imperative for you to follow in order to receive the proper oxygen therapy your condition requires. If you find your current flow rate is uncomfortable and causes skin irritation, nose dryness, and/or nose bleeds there are some tips and tricks you can try to ease this!

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  • Oxygen Therapy and Emphysema Treatment

    Emphysema can be a devastating disease. The accompanying pain, shortness of breath, and activity restrictions are often life-changing and permanent. However, home oxygen therapy, in conjunction with other physician-recommended treatments, offers patients the chance to be more mobile and live an active lifestyle.

    What is Emphysema?[1]
    Emphysema is one form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is caused by damage to the alveoli, the tiny air sacs within the lungs. Because the alveoli are responsible for drawing oxygen from inhaled air into the bloodstream, shortness of breath results when they’re harmed. Therefore, more oxygen-rich air is often needed.

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  • 5 Benefits of an Oxygen Concentrator after Surgery

    Surgery, particularly under general anesthesia, is major trauma and strain on your body. Just like after any trauma, you will need to take time to heal following the operation. However; by using an oxygen concentrator post-surgery, your body can regenerate tissue faster with the excess oxygen allowing you to become active sooner!

    Under general anesthesia, the anesthesiologist typically intubates you or inserts a tube into your windpipe. This is done to both protect your airway and ensure you have an adequate, constant supply of oxygen. Even after the surgery is concluded patients are often kept on oxygen in the recovery room. This is because surgeons and anesthesiologists realize the benefits of oxygen therapy after surgery. These benefits, listed below, can be extended with a home or portable oxygen machine.

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  • Can an Oxygen Concentrator Help Snoring?

    Snoring is a big problem for many people and sometimes it can be a sign of moderate to severe sleep apnea. CPAP machines are one of the most common devices used to treat sleep apnea. A CPAP machine is not an oxygen concentrator, but a machine that forces air through the airways to keep them from closing during sleep. If you've talked to your doctor and he or she thinks that your snoring isn't a symptom of sleep apnea, then you won't need to use a CPAP machine.

    Unfortunately, an oxygen concentrator is not the solution to stopping snoring, or the right way to treat sleep apnea. However, oxygen concentrators are used in conjunction with CPAP devices when patients suffer from sleep apnea as well as a chronic lung disease. The combination of the two help to ensure that the patient is breathing and receiving high purity oxygen while they sleep.

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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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