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New to Oxygen Therapy? Get Started Right

Oxygen therapy has been shown to help people with heart conditions and COPD live longer and breathe easier. It can be difficult to get used to your therapy in the beginning. We’re here to support you and make sure your transition is comfortable and successful.

Oxygen Therapy

Using your oxygen as prescribed by your doctor may make you feel better, have more energy and allow you to be become more active. Your doctor may have prescribed you one of the following types of oxygen therapy.

Nocturnal

Everyone’s breathing slows while they sleep. If you already have low levels of oxygen, your oxygen levels may decrease significantly while you sleep at night. Nocturnal oxygen ensures acceptable oxygen levels all night long.

Continuous

You may have trouble getting enough oxygen throughout the day. In this case, you would need continuous oxygen, meaning 24-hour oxygen therapy, most likely with a stationary concentrator.

Portable

Portable oxygen cylinders are usually for those on continuous oxygen that need to leave the house and can’t take their stationary concentrator with them.

Liquid

Liquid oxygen is another option for therapy. The oxygen is cooled enough to become a liquid so it takes up less space and can be stored in thermos-like containers. The concentration of oxygen delivered from liquid oxygen is 100%.

Getting Started

Choose your type of oxygen to learn more about how to get started using your therapy.

Getting Started with Your Concentrator

Getting Started with Your Portable Cylinder

Getting Started with Your Liquid Oxygen

Avoiding Common Issues

When you first start therapy, you may run into some obstacles. We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions & Troubleshooting to help you solve any problems you may face.

The best tip is to remember the many health benefits associated with continuing your therapy. The longer you stick with it, the easier and more routine it will become!

If you’re having issues, contact your local branch. You can find your closest branch using our Locator. It is important to work through whatever obstacles you encounter. Successful therapy is well worth the time and patience you invest in your ongoing health and wellness.

Reminders & Tips

When using your oxygen therapy, it is important to follow all safety precautions. We have provided a few Reminders & Tips below, and you can read the full list here.

1. DO NOT change your liter flow setting and/or how often you use your oxygen without consulting with your doctor.

2. DO NOT place the unit in a closet or other confined space. It is best not to move your unit from where it was placed by your representative. Please call us for assistance.

3. Keep all oxygen equipment at least five feet away from all heat sources, such as radiators, fireplaces, etc.

4. REMEMBER: Oxygen does not burn, but does support combustion. This means oxygen causes things to catch fire easier, and burn faster and hotter. Keep all open flames away from your oxygen equipment.

5. DO NOT smoke while using your oxygen! Smoking with your oxygen could lead to property damage, severe personal injury, or even death. If you choose to smoke, you need to wait at least 30 minutes after turning off your oxygen. Smoke away from your oxygen equipment (in another room or outside).

NOTE: Oxygen saturates into clothing and bed linens and could easily catch fire if exposed to a spark or hot ash.

6. Clean and replace your supplies regularly. Click here to see the proper cleaning/replacement schedule.

Care & Maintenance

To get the most out of your therapy, you should use clean, fresh equipment. That means cleaning the equipment regularly, and eventually replacing supplies. Click here to learn more about maintaining your oxygen therapy.