Oxygen treatment is the use of oxygen for medical purposes. Inhaled oxygen is the most common form of Oxygen Treatments. Inhaled oxygen can come in liquid condensed form or concentrated from the air by way of an oxygen concentrator or oxygen bar.
Measuring Oxygen Levels
When undergoing any oxygen treatment it is important to measure oxygen levels at home. To do this you will need an oximeter. There are portable oximeters that simply grip the finger or there are oximeters that use a finger sensors that plug into a separate display piece.
Measure oxygen levels often when performing activities that may cause oxygen deficiency or respiratory distress.
Oxygen Therapy Side Effects
Oxygen therapy can cause headaches, fatigue, and bloody noses, etc. These side effects can each be prevented through a few precautions. Determining the correct liters per minute flow rate can help prevent headaches and fatigue. Using humidification bottles attached to the oxygen tubing helps prevent bloody noses. You can also use a nasal spray specifically designed for oxygen users.
Choosing Oxygen Tubing
Oxygen Tubing is typically universal for any oxygen bar or concentrator, however, there is some high flow tubing that can require a X-mas tree adapter to properly fit an oxygen concentrator. High flow oxygen tubing is idea if you are prescribed an oxygen dose that is higher than five liters per minute. (LPM)
Oxygen tubing is connected to an oxygen mask or nasal cannula. Cannulas are designed with a variety of specifications; you can purchase small ones that are curved, soft ones, or even pediatric Nasal Cannulas.
Types of Oxygen
Oxygen comes in two basic forms: liquid oxygen that you purchase in tanks or concentrated oxygen that is pulled from the air and by either an Oxygen Concentrator or oxygen bar. Oxygen Bars have a lower output capacity than oxygen concentrators. Typically, oxygen bars top out at three LPM’s. On the other hand, an oxygen concentrator can produce five – ten liters per minute.
When using liquid oxygen for Oxygen Treatment, you can purchase pre-filled tanks. Many tanks could be required each month. Alternatively, there are filling stations available that allow the patient to use an oxygen tank with compressed oxygen, but still be able to refill it at home.