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Home Oxygen Therapy

Home Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen therapy is usually delivered as a gas via an oxygen source such as an oxygen concentrator, cylinder, liquid reservoir or portable oxygen concentrator (POC). The oxygen is usually breathed through a nasal cannula. A nasal cannula is a two-pronged device inserted in the nostrils and is connected to the oxygen source.

Once your physician has determined that you should receive oxygen therapy, you will be tested to find the right amount of oxygen for your needs. Oxygen therapy is usually prescribed in Liters Per Minute (LPM) and helps to increase the level of oxygen in the blood.

Gaseous (cylinder) Oxygen

Gaseous (cylinder) Oxygen

Oxygen Cylinders are the most simple way to provide oxygen patients with the ability to leave the home. Gaseous oxygen is filled into a tank and a device called a regulator is attached to the top of the tank, allowing the gas to be dispensed at the specific Liters Per Minute (LPM) that a physician has prescribed. Typically, a patient would connect a nasal cannula to the regulator attached to the oxygen tank. This allows for direct use of the oxygen therapy.