Oxygen is the breath of life. Every single cell of the human organism needs oxygen to develop and live. Certain health conditions such as COPD-Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, lung cancer or Obstructive Sleep Apnea require that the patient uses regularly oxygen therapy.
This therapy is provided with the help of an Oxygen Delivery System such as a portable oxygen concentrator. At SleepRestfully we aim to provide patients with rich informational resources on all major types of portable oxygen concentrators and their accessories, which help patients get the therapy they need.
The ambient air that humans breath in contains 21% oxygen. For people who have a healthy pulmonary system , this concentration of oxygen is enough to help the breathe normally and maintain their health. However, for patients with heath complications this concentration is too low and they require supplemental oxygen to aid them in breathing at normal rates, without
How Oxygen Concentrators work
- The device takes ambient air, passes it though filters, pressurizes it and delivers medical grade oxygen to the patient (oxygen with a richer concentration)
- The patient needs to connect to the portable oxygen concentrator or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device with the help of a CPAP mask. The mask needs to be a perfect
fit, in order to avoid mask leaks or skin irritations caused by a mask which is too tight.
- Some patients require supplemental oxygen. In such cases, a special bleed in adaptor will be attached to the CPAP machine and the patient receives even higher concentration oxygen for therapeutic purposes
Oxygen is classified by the FDA as being a drug. Therefore, your physician is the one who will determine the exact type of oxygen therapy that is required in your case. Any CPAP, APAP or POC device can be purchased through SleepRestfully only if you make proof of a valid prescription.
Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea require oxygen mostly during the night, but patients with extremely severe lungs function impairment will also be required to use oxygen therapy during the day. Your healthcare provider will make exact recommendations regarding the therapy duration and the amount of oxygen flow that is required.
Oxygen therapy comes with plenty of advantages:
- For patients with COPD or other severe lung complications oxygen therapy helps preventing heart failure
- It has been scientifically proven that patients using oxygen therapy more than 12 to 14 hours per day have increased survival rates
- Patients with OSA can enjoy a better quality sleep and an improved overall mood. Daytime sleepiness, chronic fatigue or morning headaches are a matter of the past for patients with OSA on proper oxygen therapy
When getting oxygen therapy through an oxygen tank, you should ensure that you have read and understood all the oxygen use safety guidelines. Never ever allow anyone to smoke near an
oxygen tank, and keep the tank in a cool and dry place in your home, away from sources of heat and fire.
Oxygen therapy helps patients with different breathing complications improve their quality of life, and enjoy life to the fullest. Most modern CPAP devices are FAA cleared for use on a plane.