Portable tanks vary in weight from 6 to 15 pounds. These tanks may be carried in a shoulder bag or placed on an available pull cart.

How do I get around in my home while using oxygen?

What should I do if I want to leave my home?

How is oxygen made and stored?

Oxygen is a colorless, tasteless, odorless gas that is necessary for life.  When we take a breath, we draw air containing 21% oxygen into our lungs.  The oxygen passes from our lungs into our bloodstream, where it is carried in the red blood cells to all of our organs and tissues.  Oxygen is needed by our bodies to convert food we eat into heat and energy—in other words, to maintain life.

  Is there anything I cannot do while using oxygen?

Your physician will determine how many hours per day you should use the oxygen.  

Note: Be sure to follow your physician’s directions carefully for desired therapeutic benefit.

A small, adjustable plastic tube (called a nasal cannula), is placed under the nose. This tubing is attached to the oxygen tank and facilitates oxygen flow to your nose.

Normally, oxygen passes readily from the lungs into the bloodstream and is pumped by the heart to all parts of the body. When lung disease occurs, oxygen may not be able to pass as readily into the bloodstream. When the heart is diseased, it may not be able to pump as much oxygen-carrying blood.

Either of these situations can result in diminished amount of oxygen reaching the organs and tissues of the body, preventing them from functioning properly. This can cause many undesirable effects such as decreased ability to exercise, difficulty breathing, fatigue, confusion and loss of memory, etc. Breathing supplemental oxygen increases the amount of oxygen that passes into the bloodstream and is carried to the organs and tissues.

There are small portable tanks that can be taken with you, some of which hold enough oxygen to provide up to eight hours of continuous use.  If you’re traveling, there are optional refillable tanks that may be transported in your car.  Your supplier may also be able to arrange for you to pick up oxygen en route and at your destination.

Do I have to use oxygen all the time?

How do I get around in my home while using oxygen?

Oxygen Therapy

There are three common methods for obtaining pure oxygen and storing it in home oxygen systems:
1. Air is cooled and compressed until it becomes a liquid. As the liquid air warms, the oxygen “boils” off and is collected. It is then re-cooled and compressed into liquid oxygen and stored in “thermos bottles” known as reservoirs.
2. The oxygen gas is compressed and stored in heavy steel pressurized tanks.
3. Room air is pumped through a fine filter that traps all but the oxygen, which is allowed to pass through. This is known as an oxygen concentrator or oxygen enricher.

How do I use home oxygen?

You can do anything that you would normally do except activities that bring you within five feet of an open flame, a burning cigarette or an electrical appliance that sparks. You may actually find that you’re able to perform some activities while using oxygen that you couldn’t otherwise.

Why do I need supplemental oxygen?

How heavy are portable tanks?

What is oxygen?

There is a variety of oxygen equipment available.  Usually it will be placed where you will be using it most often.  Up to 50 feet of tubing can also be added to allow you to freely move around.  Your home oxygen supplier will recommend the best choice of equipment for your individual needs and activities.