Respiratory News

  • Living with Oxygen Therapy - Inspirational Stories and Images - Part 2

    As long as you want to keep doing the things you love, where there's a will, there's a way! We have put together inspiring oxygen stories and images directly from our customers. The stories include riding on a Harley Davidson with a Respironics EverGo on the countryside to enjoying a rollercoaster at Disneyland or swimming with a portable concentrator.

    Using a portable oxygen concentrator is like giving you the gift of health and freedom once again. They require no refills as oxygen tanks do, and as long as you have charged up batteries, you can go virtually anywhere, and no all the things you could before.

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  • August is National Immunization Awareness Month

    In the United States every year thousands of adults get sick, some are hospitalized, and some even die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. People who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or asthma are at a greater risk for severe problems from various vaccine-preventable diseases.

    Please note that you should always consult with your doctor to determine what is best for you and your treatment. We are not a doctor’s office and are not providing medical advice.

    An essential step to getting and staying healthy is to get vaccinated and here are 3 important reasons why.

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  • What Is a Respiratory Therapist?

    If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or any other respiratory disease, chances are you will receive health care from a respiratory therapist at some point in your life. However, respiratory therapists are not well-known outside of major medical centers such as hospitals or skilled nursing facilities.

    In this article, we will help you understand what a respiratory therapist does and how they can contribute to your health care plan, particularly if you suffer from a respiratory disease.

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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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  • Introducing the Future of CPAP Machines and Masks

    There is some great news for sleep apnea patients who need to use a CPAP machine. Many people have a problem with using their CPAP machine because the masks are uncomfortable. They also often don't work right because they leave too much room for mishaps that cause air leaks. Some people even end up not using their CPAP machine, for both of these reasons. This can be dangerous to the health of someone with moderate to severe sleep apnea.

    Thankfully, improvements in medical science and equipment are always evolving, and finally, there is something that will eliminate the need for obstructive and often faulty CPAP masks. This new invention comes from an unlikely source, but it's been found to be effective.

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  • Respiratory Conferences and COPD Conferences in 2016

    These are numerous respiratory and COPD conferences that will be taking place in 2016. If you have a respiratory disease, attending one of these conferences can be a very educational and helpful experience. You can ask keynote speakers pressing questions about conditions and new medical sciences, as well as talk to others who have asthma, COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases.

    Staying educated about your condition is important because you're always the first one to know about your own symptoms. It's also important to talk to others who have your condition because it can make you feel less alone. Going to a conference can be an excellent experience, and you can make some contacts and new friends.

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  • Study Shows CPAP Masks May Be Effective in Easing High Blood Pressure

    A new study revealed results that many researchers were suspecting. CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, which is used to treat moderate to severe sleep apnea, can also help patients who suffer from high blood pressure and stiff arteries.

    Sleep apnea is already known to be damaging to the health of your whole body, but especially your heart and circulatory system. Using a CPAP machine can help prevent these issues caused by sleep apnea. But what if you already have severe circulatory issues?

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  • What do a “Mini Cooper” and a SeQual eQuinox have in common?

    In April 2015, Cooper Anglemyer appeared in the American Medical Showroom with his mother looking for a portable oxygen concentrator. Cooper was born at 26 weeks, weighing only one pound, eight ounces, he quickly earned the nickname "Mini Cooper."

    His first six months were spent in neonatal intensive care, where hospital expenses quickly reached the two million dollar insurance coverage maximum. When his medical insurance no longer provided coverage, Medicaid covered his final two months before he could finally go home. Cooper is now 6 ½ years old and requires supplemental oxygen therapy 24/7.

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  • Oxygen Therapy Equipment and the Special Forces

    Portable oxygen concentrator use might be a new thing in the military and in the special forces specifically. Emergency oxygen use often becomes necessary due to injury, or when climbing into high altitudes to avoid altitude sickness. Having a portable oxygen concentrator on hand for emergencies is a necessity in the military, because anything can happen.

    Liquid and gas tanks are widely used for portable emergency oxygen therapy because they are cheaper than portable oxygen concentrators. This is because they are simply tanks refilled with either compressed oxygen, which is still in its gaseous form, and liquid oxygen.

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  • Tell Us Your Personal Independence Story with a Oxygen Concentrator

    So many people who need oxygen therapy are able to do the things they could before, while still getting the oxygen therapy they need. Portable oxygen concentrator technology is always advancing, giving you better battery duration and higher dosage settings than before, as well as the ability to leave home for extended periods of time!

    We love hearing from our customers about how their portable oxygen concentrator has improved not only their health, but their lives in general. We want to hear about how you were able to travel to all the destinations on your bucket list, and how you can go hiking or camping over the weekend. Contact us with your stories of how you use your portable concentrator, no matter how “dull” you think it may be. You can spend more time in your garden or playing with your grand kids? That's just as exciting.

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