Oxygen is a drug and must be prescribed by your physician. Oxygen is gas at room temperature that is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. When we breath we use the roughly 21% oxygen in the air to sustain our lives. Our bodies get energy from a combination of the food we eat plus oxygen from the air we breathe. The energy created from food and oxygen enables us to use our muscles to breathe, perform work, and carry out all bodily functions.
How did my doctor determine that I need home oxygen therapy?
If you have ever experienced difficulty breathing, or if you have lung or heart problems, you have probably wondered about using oxygen at home. A heart weakened by disease may not be able to pump as much oxygen carrying blood and a lung disease may diminish your body’s ability to pass oxygen into your bloodstream. Your doctor has prescribed home oxygen for you based on laboratory tests that measure the level of oxygen in your blood, a physical examination, and or an assessment of your symptoms, that the use of oxygen in the home will be a benefit to you. Without oxygen you might experience fatigue, diminished ability for activities, memory loss, moments of confusion, or breathing difficulties.
Does home oxygen therapy treat the diseases of the heart or lungs causing low oxygen levels?
While oxygen therapy relieves many of the adverse symptoms associated with low oxygen levels, much of the damage caused by heart disease or lung diseases like emphysema are irreversible.
Will I always have to use oxygen?
Your doctor will determine how much oxygen you should receive and for how many hours each day. For the maximum benefit be sure to follow your doctor’s order exactly.
Can I have an addiction to oxygen?
No, oxygen is not addicting. If your doctor determines that your capability to properly oxygenate yourself without oxygen has improved, you may no longer require supplemental home oxygen.
Am I getting enough oxygen? Can I get too much?
The only way to know that you are getting the correct amount of oxygen is to check the oxygen level in your blood while using oxygen therapy. Too much oxygen can be as dangerous as not receiving enough, and for that reason, you should follow your doctors directions precisely. If you do develop new symptoms, such as increased sleepiness, confusion, headaches, etc., you might be getting too much oxygen, and you should notify your physician immediately. Do not change the liter flow or hours of usage without first checking with your doctor.
What benefits will I see while using home oxygen therapy?
Once you begin your home oxygen therapy you can look forward to sleeping better, remember things better, being less irritable, feel more energetic, and suffer fewer depressions. Your ability to endure more exercise will increase and you typically spend less time hospitalized. You will be able to lead a happier and more productive life.
How does Oxygen get delivered to my body?
Oxygen is most commonly delivered to you via tubing called a nasal cannula. This cannula is placed under your nose and over your ears. Additional tubing of up to 50 feet may be added for mobility within your home.
Is it hard to get around with portable tanks?
No, portable tanks weigh from 2 to 15 Kgs and are carried with in a shoulder bag or fanny pack, larger tanks are may be pulled in a cart. The size of your tank will depend on how much duration is normally needed
What could happen if I smoke while using oxygen?
DO NOT SMOKE WHILE USING OXYGEN! While oxygen is not flammable, it does accelerate combustion. It is possible to ignite a flame and burn your cannula and your face by smoking and using oxygen. Do not allow smokers within 10 feet of you if you are using oxygen.
How do I get home oxygen?
After OxyGo receives your oxygen prescription from your physician, our office will contact you to set-up a convenient time for our first home visit.
During this visit, OxyGo will:
- Deliver and set-up your oxygen equipment
- Ensure your equipment is providing the correct amount of oxygen (as prescribed by your physician)
- Show you how to care for your equipment
- Teach you how to set your own flowrate
- Make sure you are comfortable using your equipment
How do I replace my empty portable oxygen cylinders?
OxyGo provides oxygen services Pan India. We offer two ways to replace your portable oxygen cylinders:
- Call OxyGo to arrange a date and time for home delivery 91-11- 4619 4400
- Visit A OxyGo Home Oxygen Depot
OxyGo has several oxygen depots throughout India. Call our office at 91-11-4619 4400