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New to Oxygen Therapy? Types of Treatment and Delivery Options

By Do More With Oxygen

Thu, Feb 27, 2014

portable oxygen optionsIf your doctor has prescribed oxygen therapy, you probably have many questions. What treatments are available? What are your delivery options? Here are the answers you’re looking to find.

Types of Treatment

Oxford Medicine identifies three oxygen therapy treatment options:

  • Long-term: If your doctor recommends you take oxygen more than 15 hours per day, it means you require long-term oxygen therapy, or LTOT.
  • Ambulatory: You can leave home with your oxygen thanks to the ambulatory treatment option. The benefits of this option include improved desaturation and increased exercise capacity.
  • Short-burst: Perhaps you only need oxygen for symptom relief. In that case, you need short-burst oxygen therapy.

Delivery Options

There’s more than one way to receive oxygen. According to HealthCentral, your options include:

  • Compressed oxygen: This describes when the gas is stored in aluminum cylinders with a flow meter and regulator to control the flow rate. Compressed oxygen is easy to use, and you can fill smaller portable tanks that enable you to take oxygen with you when you run errands.
  • Liquid oxygen: Since liquid oxygen takes up less space, the tanks are smaller, lighter and more mobile. This option is more expensive, though, and liquid oxygen can’t be stored for more than a week or two at a time or it evaporates.
  • Oxygen concentrators: These are electrical devices that extract oxygen from the air in the room and deliver it in a purer form to the patient. The built-in flow meter allows you to easily set the prescribed flow rate. Stationary concentrators are about the size of a microwave, making them smaller than other delivery options. Plus, there’s no refilling required. Newer options like portable oxygen concentrators are small enough to carry with you.

Portable Oxygen Solutions

If you still lead an active lifestyle or would prefer to return to the independent routines you had before you were prescribed oxygen therapy, a portable oxygen solution may be for you. Portable oxygen allows you the mobility and independence you need to get out of the house and taking part in the activities you love more often. With portable oxygen, you can continue to work outside the home, travel, participate in social activities, play sports, socialize and maintain your independent lifestyle.

For more on choosing oxygen equipment, download the free guide, “Choose the Right Portable Oxygen Solution for You” today.

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