Oxygen therapy

WHAT IS OXYGEN THERAPY ?

Treatment by oxygen therapy may be necessary to compensate for a lack of oxygen.

The goal of oxygen therapy is to restore or maintain a constant rate of oxygen in the blood. Oxygen is a medical product that is prescribed by a physician, more generally by a pneumonologist.

The prescription must include 2 pieces of information:

  • the oxygen flow (l/min), defined using the results of blood gases,
  • the daily time duration (h/day).

The expected benefits are:

  • decreased shortness of breath,
  • a better tolerance of efforts required for daily activity (climbing stairs, etc.),
  • a decrease in the number and duration of hospitalizations,
  • improved sleep,
  • improvement of general quality of life.

3 WAYS OF ADMINISTERING OXYGEN

  1. An oxygen concentrator
    Also called an extractor, allows obtaining (from the ambient air) a gaseous mixture in which the oxygen concentration approaches 95 %.
  2. Liquid oxygen
    A fixed tank containing a large quantity of oxygen in liquid form (-183°) allows regular filling of a light portable tank, and a high degree of autonomy; this type of device is intended for patients who walk for more than an hour a day.
  3. Gaseous oxygen
    Several bottle sizes and capacities are available depending on the need to occasionally walk.

  • Oxygen concentrator
  • Liquid oxygen
  • Gaseous oxygen
The three types of treatment administration

AMBULATORY OXYGEN THERAPY

Resumption of an activity is of paramount importance to improve your health and quality of life. Oxygen therapy during effort improves your daily comfort and “protects” your heart. The best type of equipment (portable liquid oxygen tank, portable concentrator) will be chosen according to your prescription and your way of life.

THE PRESCRIPTION

  • 2 flows are defined by the physician: 1 flow at rest and one flow with effort.
  • A duration per day: Ambulatory oxygen therapy is reimbursed by Social Security and is prescribed for patients who walk regularly inside or outside of the home, and for more than an hour per day.

The flow of oxygen can be provided continuously or pulsed (when you inhale) and will be adapted according to your needs when you walk.

OUR HOME HEALTH MISSIONS ARE THE FOLLOWING

  • install the prescribed equipment and adapt it to the patient’s home,
  • respond to questions,
  • provide a treatment diary and documents related to our services,
  • at the beginning of home treatment provide:
    • instructions for the use and maintenance of the equipment,
    • safety and hygiene rules.
  • perform regular home visits to :
    • retrieve treatment compliance data,
    • check the hardware and restock the consumables.
  • write a detailed report and transmit it to the doctor,
  • help manage the administrative paperwork.

The team is available 24/7 in case of a technical problem.

A WORD FROM THE PHARMACIST

“As a health professional, I am at your side to advise you, inform you and to ensure the security of your home based treatment.”

All of the information cited above has been provided as a service to keep you informed. In no case should it be a substitute for information provided to you by your doctor.

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