There may be a leak where the regulator attaches to the stem of the tank: “O” ring is missing or needs replacement or regulator is not tightened on enough. Call Prairie for further assistance.
For an intermittent audible alarm and solid ORANGE light: This indicates low oxygen.
For an audible alarm and constant red light
Call Prairie for assistance if alarm persists at 1-877-748-8702
For infection control reasons and the tubing starts to harden by the natural oils of our skin. Cannula needs to be changed every 2 weeks.
This is due to condensation when you use a humidifier bottle on your concentrator. Mostly occurs during winter time or in colder rooms. The oxygen is warm when it leaves the concentrator, once it passes through the water bottle to pick up some humidity it starts to cool off when it reaches the tubing on a cold floor, causing it to create droplets of water. To help this:
No. Once you take the oxygen off it is out of your system in about 2 minutes. No, this is a myth. We have all essentially been “addicted” to oxygen since birth. We can’t live without it. The air we breathe is approximately 21% oxygen. When a patient is started on supplemental oxygen they have often put on something in the range of 24 to 30% oxygen, so it is just a little more than is in the usual air you breathe. Using supplemental oxygen does not make you dependent on it anymore than you have already been dependent on it since your first breath. It is just that with lung disease you may need a little bit more oxygen going into your lungs in order to get an adequate amount through your diseased lungs into your bloodstream.
No. If you need supplemental oxygen, not getting enough oxygen to raise your blood levels of oxygen to an appropriate level can have very serious long-term effects. In addition, if you don’t have sufficient oxygen delivered to the tissues of the body, they can’t function as they should. The organs most affected by low oxygen, in addition to the heart, are the muscles and the brain.
No, oxygen is not necessary. When you first go on oxygen therapy with The Home oxygen Therapy Program in Saskatchewan, you will need to be re-tested to see if you still require home oxygen therapy. It all depends on why you were originally set up on therapy in the first place, and your medical history. For example, if you had a lung infection you may need home oxygen until you recover. Quitting smoking (if currently), and joining a Pulm Rehab; with a physician, approval will definitely help with your recovery and quality of life.
No, the contents of the medical gas in your cylinders do not expire.
This depends on the type of prescription you have. People who have been prescribed continuous home oxygen should use it round-the-clock, or at least 18 hours per day. 18-24 hours per day includes using oxygen during sleeping and during exercise. Some people only need to use extra oxygen while they are exercising. Others only need extra oxygen while they are asleep.
A pulse oximeter is a noninvasive medical device used for measuring a patient’s oxygen level in the blood and pulse rate. These are important vital signs, and accurate readings are crucial. Discuss this with your physician if it is warranted with your medical condition. There are various options depending on how you want to monitor your levels. Prairie can help you with obtaining a basic fingertip oximeter, to a handheld unit, or a table top monitor capable of providing continuous monitoring with alarm limits.
Not if you follow the safety instructions and manage it appropriately. Smoking increases the chances of a fire occurring around the oxygen tank. It’s recommended that you don’t smoke around the tanks because of this danger.
Do not use or store your oxygen within six (6) feet of OPEN FLAME such as a lit cigarette, candle, lighter, matches, vaporizer, e-cigarette, fireplace, bbq, or a furnace
Use caution when around live electrical equipment and sparks.
FYI!!! For safety:
No, you cannot as it is petroleum based. Prairie carries two products what are safe to use for nasal hydration and comfort. “RoExIt: and “ CPAP Moisture Therapy” Both emollients are petroleum free and safe to use. Any drugstore brand that is water based will work as well.
There are private options as well as government-funded programs. Saskatchewan Aids to Independent Living provides funding for specific oxygen “packages” is you meet the testing criteria. The testing is done by taking a measurement of you blood oxygen level using one of these methods: