If your health care provider has started you on oxygen therapy, you’ll soon enjoy breathing easier again. In determining which equipment is right for you, plan to work closely with your doctor and your oxygen supplier to find equipment that matches your lifestyle and activity level. The goal is to select equipment that changes your day-to-day activities in the least dramatic way possible.
Points to Consider
According to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, there are several questions to ask as you narrow down your equipment options for oxygen therapy. Consider the following:
- How much oxygen do you need in liters per minute?
- How long are you away from home each day?
- What activities do you enjoy outside the home?
- What is your size, strength and endurance level? Can you manage the equipment’s weight?
- How is your home laid out? Does it have more than one story?
- Do you breathe through your nose or your mouth?
- Do you have good dexterity?
- What are your personal preferences?
Types of Oxygen Therapy Equipment Available
The UCSF Medical Center highlights three main types of oxygen therapy systems:
- Compressed oxygen utilizes a stationary concentrator for home use and small portable oxygen tanks to take with you on the go.
- Portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) can be plugged in or operated on battery power. No tanks or refilling are required with POCs, making them ideal for air travel.
- Liquid oxygen tanks have a stationary reservoir to use at home and an ambulatory tank for portability outside the home.
Along with your primary oxygen tank, your oxygen therapy will come with some of these accessories (based on what your doctor prescribes and what is comfortable for you) to customize your oxygen therapy experience:
- Nasal cannulas deliver oxygen to your nose.
- Oxymizer mustaches or pendants increase oxygen delivery.
- Carrying cases and carts make it easier to tote your ambulatory and portable oxygen tanks outside your home.
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