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Oxygen Care & Safety

Care of Equipment
We will provide you with instructions on user care and maintenance of your particular equipment. Here are some general guidelines for your cleaning procedures. You should wash your nasal prongs with a liquid soap and thoroughly rinse them once or twice a week. Replace them every two to four weeks. If you have a cold, change them when your cold symptoms have passed.

The humidifier bottle should be washed with soap and warm water and rinsed thoroughly between each refill. Air dry the bottle before filling with sterile or distilled water. The bottle and its top should be disinfected after they are cleaned.

If you use an oxygen concentrator, unplug the unit, then wipe down the cabinet with a damp cloth and dry it daily. The air filter should be cleaned at least twice a week. Follow the manufacturers directions for cleaning the compressor filter.

Do's and Don'ts:
  • Don't ever change the flow of oxygen unless directed by your physician.
  • Don't use alcohol or take any other sedating drugs because they will slow your breathing rate. Make sure you order more oxygen from your dealer in a timely manner.
  • Do use water-based lubricants on your lips or nostrils.
  • Don't use an oil-based product like petroleum jelly.
  • Do order your new supply of oxygen 2 to 3 days before you will need it or when the gauge reads 1/4 full.
Oxygen Safety:
  • Keep oxygen containers tied down and secured.
  • Store oxygen containers in ventilated areas.
  • Keep oxygen containers away from fire.
  • Oxygen use in the home is safe. Oxygen does not explode; however, it does support combustion.
  • This means that you must not smoke while wearing oxygen, and you should not wear your oxygen while close to gas stoves, lighted fireplaces, or any other sources of heat or open flame. There have been cases where nasal prongs have caught fire as the wearer was smoking during oxygen use.
Oxygen Safety in the Home:
Because oxygen helps fire burn faster:
  • Do not smoke in a room with oxygen tanks.
  • Do not use oxygen near fires, fireplaces, space heaters or open flames.
  • Do not put any grease or oil on the oxygen system.
  • Do not carry oxygen tanks in car trunks, or store in hot places.

If oxygen is not coming through the cannula then check the tubing to make sure its not bent anywhere. Look for kinks, blockages, or to see if the tubing has become disconnected from the oxygen container. Also check if the oxygen is turned on. If you require further assistance contact us at (866) 634-0177.

Call your physician if you experience frequent headaches, anxiety, blue lips or fingernails, drowsiness, confusion, restlessness, anxiety, or slow, shallow, difficult, or irregular breathing. Also, call your physician if you feel any symptoms of illness. In an emergency call 911.

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