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Living with Supplemental Oxygen and COPD

6 Feb 2017
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Living with Supplemental Oxygen and COPD

The prognosis for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be a devastating blow. Hearing from a doctor that you’ll need to use supplemental oxygen as part of your treatment, and the idea of being tethered to an oxygen tank, can take some time to get used to. Take courage – you’re not alone.

With certain changes to your lifestyle and home, you’ll be able to comfortably adjust to living with supplemental oxygen and COPD.

Basics of Supplemental Oxygen

Supplemental oxygen is prescribed for people having trouble getting enough oxygen when they breathe. Supplemental oxygen comes in two forms: compressed oxygen and liquid oxygen.

Compressed oxygen comes in large aluminum or steel tanks. These tanks come in different sizes, which helps with versatility of use, but they still tend to be bulky.

Liquid oxygen devices are smaller and easier to carry than compressed oxygen, but that convenience comes with some negatives.  One is that liquid oxygen evaporates over time.

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Make Your Home More Suitable for Supplemental Oxygen

As you adjust your routine to accommodate oxygen equipment, it’s important to make your home friendly to supplemental oxygen.

As a reminder to yourself, guests and fellow residents, post signs around your home asking people to not smoke or use open flames. Oxygen is flammable, which makes the supplemental oxygen tank a potential fire hazard in close proximity to an open flame. Store spare oxygen containers in a safe place at least 5 feet from heat sources such as stoves, fireplaces, furnaces and heaters.

Avoid accidents is by clearing pathways in your home for you and your oxygen tank. Make sure your floors are clean and not cluttered with objects which can cause you to trip or catch your oxygen tank.

Know Your Needs

When adjusting to your new routine involving supplemental oxygen, it’s vital to know how much oxygen you need. Be familiar with your treatment plan and your oxygen flow rate, meaning the rate at which you should be taking in supplemental oxygen. Once your doctor has given you your flow rate, stick with it. Too much or too little oxygen can be damaging to the body.

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Treatment Alternatives

While some people start supplemental oxygen therapy and find success, others look for other means of managing chronic lung disease symptoms. Beyond changing one’s diet and exercise habits, one treatment option patients are considering is stem cell therapy. Instead of focusing only on disease symptoms, stem cell therapy may affect disease progression, thereby improving pulmonary function and quality of life.

If you or someone you know is battling COPD or other chronic lung disease such as pulmonary fibrosis or interstitial lung disease, it may be time to consider the Lung Institute. For more information on stem cell therapy, please contact us or call (800) 729-3065.

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