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Oxygen FAQ

1) How does your body get oxygen?
Oxygen is a gas that your body needs to work well. Your lungs take the oxygen out of the air you breathe and put it into your blood. The blood takes the oxygen to all the cells in your body. Then the waste carbon dioxide is taken back to the lungs where you breathe it out.

2) Why might you need extra oxygen?
Sometimes a person needs more oxygen than he or she can get just by breathing. You may need extra oxygen i.e., if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Your doctor will determine if you require additional oxygen and write you a prescription (Rx) for it.

3) What is an oxygen system?
An oxygen system includes three main parts. The oxygen delivery system gets oxygen from a tank or a concentrator. That will connect to a long tube which connects to a mask or cannula. You put that on your face to receive the oxygen.

4) How do you prevent skin problems while using oxygen?
Place 2 inch gauze pads against your cheeks and use EZ wrap behind your ears. This helps keep your skin from getting sore where the cannula tube or mask strap rests against your skin.

O2 Concentrator FAQ

1. What is Pulse Flow and how is it different from Continuous Flow?
Pulse and continuous flow (or pulse dose and continuous flow dose) refers to how the oxygen is delivered to the patient. A pulse flow machine delivers oxygen only when the patient inhales and is triggered by inhaling. A continuous flow machine delivers a continuous flow of oxygen. Most continuous flow machines will deliver BOTH pulse and continuous flow.

2. Can I use pulse dose at night when I sleep?
This is a question that should be answered by your doctor. Most doctors recommend continuous flow for sleeping.

3. Can I use my Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC) when I travel internationally?
Most portable oxygen concentrators have international power supplies which will accept 100v to 250v at 50 or 60 hertz. All you will need is the proper plug adapter.

4. What are the requirements for traveling by air with my portable oxygen concentrator?
Check with your airline ahead of time and always keep a prescription with you at all times where ever you travel.


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