Many people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis and other lung diseases eventually require supplemental oxygen therapy to reduce breathlessness.
As you navigate the challenges of setting up and using home oxygen therapy, remember it can greatly improve your quality of life as your COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other lung disease progresses.
Follow these 5 tips and strategies to learn how to live comfortably with home oxygen:
1. Proper Placement and Clearance
Position the oxygen concentrator in a well-ventilated area with adequate clearance around it. Maintain at least 6 inches of space on all sides to allow for proper air circulation and prevent overheating. Avoid placing the concentrator near curtains, walls, or furniture that could obstruct airflow.
Incorporate a humidifier bottle compatible with your oxygen concentrator to add moisture to the delivered oxygen. This helps prevent dryness and irritation in the respiratory tract. Fill the humidifier bottle with distilled water as recommended by the OxygenCare and ensure it is properly connected to the concentrator's outlet.
3.Nasal Cannula Fit and Care
Select the appropriate nasal cannula size for comfortable fit and optimal oxygen delivery. The nasal cannula should rest comfortably in the nostrils without causing pressure points. Inspect the cannula regularly for signs of wear and replace it as needed to maintain proper oxygen flow.
4.Regular Filter Maintenance
Check and clean the filters of the oxygen concentrator on a regular basis as specified in the use OxygenCarer manual. Clean filters ensure optimal air intake and output quality. In dusty environments, more frequent filter checks and cleaning are necessary to prevent clogs that could impede oxygen flow.
5.Positioning and Posture
Maintain an upright posture when using the oxygen concentrator to allow for efficient lung expansion and oxygen absorption. Sit in a comfortable chair with proper back support and avoid slouching.
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Remember, always consult with your healthcare provider and follow the OxygenCare's guidelines for the specific oxygen concentrator model you're using. These tips, along with professional advice, will help ensure a safe and comfortable experience while using a home oxygen concentrator.
OxygenCare Team understands adapting to home oxygen can be challenging. Do not hesitate to reach out if you need help navigating the situation. We’re here to help you live as well as possible with you.