Power outages can be a more than a common thing depending on where you are located, and if you suffer from a chronic lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) power outages can cause big problems. This is especially true for patients that use stationary oxygen concentrators, which require a steady flow of power to run the concentrator. On the other hand, if you have a portable oxygen concentrator you can rely on a lithium ion battery until the power is restored, but it is always smart and proactive to be prepared for the worst. Do you know how to fully prepare for an unexpected power outage? We will be discussing some preventative measures you can take that will prepare you for the unexpected.
Today's diagnosis of COPD or emphysema doesn't mean you file the daily activities you previously enjoyed under "happy memories" and head for the couch. On the contrary, with portable oxygen therapy and 10 easy-to-remember safety measures, you can continue to live a full and active life, doing the day-to-day chores, errands and visiting you enjoyed before your diagnosis.
Technology has come a long way when it comes to medical equipment, especially the improvements in oxygen therapy. Users are no longer required to sit under an oxygen tent or be bedbound: the miniaturization of components in the medical industry has led to smaller, lighter-weight devices that process room air into concentrated oxygen. And they can do the same with filtered outside air so patients can do things considered unrealistic 40 years ago, such as take a cruise to Alaska or just drive down to the store for groceries. These amazing machines are sturdy and built to last, but they do have their limits when it comes to the elements, care and handling. Learn how you can take care of your unit so it can take care of you.
Oxygen therapy is a vital treatment for patients with respiratory ailments and lung diseases. However, there are several misconceptions regarding oxygen therapy of which all patients and caregivers should be aware of.