Complete Guide to Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen Therapy Benefits, Safety Tips and More

If you've been prescribed supplemental oxygen, you're probably wondering about how to safely use it and more importantly, how it will benefit you as a COPD patient. The following complete guide to oxygen therapy details everything you've ever wanted to know about oxygen, but were afraid to ask:

Facts About Oxygen Therapy

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The air we breathe contains about 21% oxygen. For people with healthy lungs, this is generally sufficient. But for people with COPD and other chronic health conditions, it's sometimes not enough. That's where supplemental oxygen comes in. Get the facts about oxygen therapy and find out how you should use it.

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Benefits of Oxygen Therapy

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Studies suggest that there are a number of barriers to using supplemental oxygen for some patients. Whether it be people are self-conscious about using it or they don't understand its perceived benefit, reasons for non-adherence to oxygen therapy are many. If you, or someone you know, find it challenging to use oxygen as prescribed, take a look at the many benefits of oxygen therapy and you may just change your mind.

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Oxygen Safety Tips

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Is it okay to smoke around oxygen? What about using your electric razor? Questions regarding oxygen safety generally abound when someone is prescribed supplemental oxygen. Find out the answers to these questions and more in the following guide to oxygen safety.

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Oxygen Emergency Tips

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Whether it be thunder and lightening or extreme heat and drought, severe weather always seems to increase the risk for power outages. And while most people wouldn't bat an eye during a power outage, people dependent upon electricity for supplemental oxygen have reason to take them a bit more serious. Discover how to create an emergency response plan in the event your power goes out.

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Which Oxygen Supplies Will Medicare Pay For?

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Medicare will generally pay for some in-home supplemental oxygen supplies if you meet certain criteria. What requirements must you meet? The primary requirement is that you have a breathing condition that will improve by using supplemental oxygen. Check out what the other requirements are in this comprehensive guide to medical oxygen and Medicare.

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Traveling with Oxygen by Airplane

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Airplane Travel and COPD. Photo courtesy of, user egdigital

Traveling with oxygen by airplane has never been easier, thanks to the United States Department of Transportation. It's true that now, you can carry your own oxygen concentrator aboard all U.S. domestic flights and international flights beginning or ending in the United States, but they must be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Learn which concentrators are approved and what other steps you need to take when traveling with oxygen by airplane.

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Does Mouth Breathing Affect Oxygen Saturation Levels?

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The most common method of oxygen delivery is through the nasal cannula. But if you're a mouth-breather, will administration of oxygen through a nasal cannula still be effective? Learn more about the impact of mouth breathing on oxygen saturation levels.

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Oxy-View Oxygen Therapy Glasses

Oxy-View Oxygen Therapy Glasses. Photo courtesy of Susie Lawson

Do you dislike wearing a traditional nasal cannula? Are you looking for an oxygen delivery system that doesn't draw too much attention? If you've answered yes to any one of these questions, then Oxy-view oxygen therapy glasses may be for you. Unlike a traditional nasal cannula, Oxy-view delivers oxygen effectively, in a manner that is barely noticeable. To find out more about Oxy-view, read the following full review.

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Transtracheal Oxygen Therapy

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Transtracheal oxygen therapy (TTOT) is a method of administering oxygen directly into the trachea by way of a small, plastic catheter. TTOT is intended for delivery of oxygen of up to 6 liters per minute, and is primarily used as an alternative treatment for only select group of patients. Find out if you're a candidate for TTOT.

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