Do you or a loved one need to use respiratory therapy? Home oxygen therapy involves breathing in air that contains more oxygen than normal through a mask or tube connected to a device in your home. This type of therapy is prescribed to 1.5 million Americans a year. However, the process lacks standard guidelines for best practices.
Home oxygen therapy can be useful for people who do not have enough oxygen in their blood. It can help with conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
pulmonary fibrosis, heart failure, severe long-term asthma, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, and breathing problems caused by a combination of being obese and having an underlying condition. Long-term oxygen therapy involves a minimum of fifteen hours per day with severe lung diseases. Home oxygen therapy can help with symptoms such as breathlessness, feeling tired all the time, memory problems, and coughing. With home oxygen therapy, do not smoke, or let anyone smoke near you, when using your device. Additionally, do not use flammable liquids. Install fire alarms and smoke detectors in your home and make sure they’re working. Keep your device at least 3 meters away from any appliances that use an open flame, such as a gas cooker or gas fire.