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Why is supplemental oxygen prescribed?
Importance of Supplemental Oxygen
With use of supplemental oxygen, you can improve
Oxygen therapy can decrease
Oxygen Therapy Choices
A common fear among many oxygen users is running out of oxygen. In the last few years, several medical device manufactures have developed new products that allow users to be away from home much longer than previously possible without the fear of running out of oxygen.
Known as portable oxygen concentrators (POC), these newer devices work the same as a stationary concentrator but weigh only 5 to 20 pounds, are battery operated, can be plugged into an AC outlet, and will also operate via an automobile’s battery or other DC power source. Most of these devices can be used in a car, boat or plane and they never have to be filled.
Cons of using POC:
Stationary oxygen concentrators
When a person with COPD wants to go shopping, visit a friend, or take a walk, he or she needs an oxygen device that is portable and lighter than a stationary concentrator. Historically, the most common portable oxygen choice was compressed gas tanks. The tanks come in different sizes and consistently deliver oxygen at 99% purity. Depending on how much the client exerts, the liter flow can be increased or decreased as per their needs. The only downside to compressed tanks is that they run out of oxygen and need to be refilled.
To allow the tank of oxygen to last longer, an oxygen conserving device (OCD) may be added to the tank by your provider. An OCD releases a flow of oxygen only during inhalation. This intermittent oxygen flow conserves oxygen and extends the time an oxygen cylinder will last. The use of an OCD must be carefully evaluated to meet individual user needs.
Equipment choice is generally based on the following:
Oxygen Safety Tips
Transporting Oxygen Safely in a Car
When traveling with an oxygen system in an automobile, remember:
It is a good idea to carry an extra tank with you when traveling, just in case your trip takes longer than expecte
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