Oxygen Therapy Solutions

oxygen tankOxygen is essential for all life. Oxygen is found in the air we breathe, and the human body using our lungs is able to extract and deliver it to our blood and tissues. The transfer from our lungs to our blood takes place via very tiny air sacs call alveoli that are covered with tiny blood vessels called capillaries. As our blood passes through the capillaries, it becomes oxygen rich and our hearts then pump the oxygen rich blood throughout our bodies. For most people this process is effortless and occurs throughout our lifetime.
However, some people with breathing disorders are not able to get enough oxygen naturally and require supplemental therapies. Ironically, although oxygen is naturally occurring, it is considered a medicine and must be prescribed by a doctor if you have a breathing disorder. Examples of breathing disorders that affect the transfer of oxygen to the blood include pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung disease, respiratory trauma, emphysema, heart failure, and cystic fibrosis.
Your doctor will decide whether you need oxygen therapy based on the results of tests, such as an arterial blood gas test and/or a pulse oximetry test. These tests measure how much oxygen is in your blood. A low oxygen level is a sign that you need oxygen therapy.
Oxygen therapy helps many people function better and have more active lives. It also may:
• Decrease shortness of breath and fatigue
• Improve sleep
• Increase the lifespan of people who have COPD
Although you may need oxygen therapy long term, it doesn’t have to limit your daily routine. Portable oxygen units can make it easier for you to move around and do many daily activities. Talk with your doctor if you have questions about whether certain activities are safe for you.
A home equipment provider will work with you to make sure you have the supplies and equipment you need. Trained staff will also show you how to use the equipment correctly and safely.
Oxygen therapy is generally safe, but it can pose a fire hazard. To safely use your oxygen equipment, please follow the instructions you receive from your home equipment provider.

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