Patients who have been diagnosed with low blood oxygen levels can receive several types of in-home treatment to help address their medical problems. While other solutions require tanks that need to be refilled, a portable oxygen concentrator can run continuously, offering supplemental oxygen to help address your respiratory ailment.
Home Oxygen Concentrators and Therapy
What is Oxygen Therapy?
A healthy person’s blood oxygen level is normally measured at between 75 and 100 mmHg (millimeters of mercury). An individual with a level below 60 mmHg is not naturally receiving enough oxygen into their bloodstream.
Oxygen therapy provides supplemental oxygen, most commonly through a nasal tube or breathing mask. Depending on your underlying diagnosis, you may require long-term oxygen therapy, making an in-home and portable solution necessary to help maintain healthy oxygen levels in the blood.
Individuals with breathing disorders or lung disease are the most common candidates for oxygen therapy.
WHO NEEDS OXYGEN THERAPY?
There are a wide array of medical conditions and diseases that may require your doctor to prescribe a method of oxygen therapy that can last until the condition is resolved in a matter of days or weeks, or require long-term treatment. If you have been diagnosed with one of the following conditions or diseases, you may require oxygen therapy:
- Alpha 1
- Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Underdeveloped Lungs in Newborns
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Lung Disease
- Lung Cancer
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Sleep Apnea
- Trauma to the Respiratory System
SYMPTOMS OF LOW OXYGEN
If the cells in your body are not getting enough oxygen, it will cause your cardiovascular system to go into overdrive, much like a person running on a treadmill—except they occur when the body is at rest. If you regularly find yourself experiencing rapid breathing, shortness of breath, a rapid heart rate, coughing or wheezing, sweating, becoming confused, or have experienced a change in skin color, these are all signs you may be experiencing low blood oxygen levels.
If you experience these symptoms in situations where you were not physically exerting yourself, you should call your doctor immediately or seek emergency care.
If symptoms of low blood oxygen arise suddenly, it can mean an inconvenient morning wasted at the doctor’s office—or worse, a trip to the emergency room and the concern of family, friends, and neighbors. In-home oxygen therapy can help avoid those situations by treating the symptoms as soon as they arise.
BENEFITS OF HOME OXYGEN THERAPY
Oxygen therapy on its own does not address the underlying medical problems, but it does help address many of the associated symptoms. For example, do you regularly find yourself groggy or with low energy? That may be because people with low blood oxygen levels often do not get a good night’s sleep. For patients with more severe conditions, even a normal conversation can cause someone to become winded. An unobtrusive nasal oxygen delivery tube can help you perform everyday functions in your own home without 24-hour medical care.
Home Oxygen Concentrators
Unlike traditional oxygen tanks that eventually run out and require refilling or replacement, a home oxygen concentrator provides a continuous flow of concentrated oxygen and will never require a replacement.
These devices are a safer alternative to combustible oxygen tanks. They require a source of electricity inside the home and are also outfitted with long-lasting rechargeable battery packs that make them portable. Newer models weigh little more than a newborn baby and can be easily stored beneath or behind a wheelchair. Medical equipment suppliers require a doctor’s prescription before providing one to a patient, but many health insurance plans cover part or all of the cost. Consult with your healthcare provider and insurance company for specific coverage details.
The devices are created almost like a mini-air conditioner. Regular air is sucked in, condensed and nitrogen, another element in the air we breathe, is filtered out. The cool air is used to keep the machine from overheating and the oxygen-rich air is delivered in a continuous stream to your nose or mouth.
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