Using oxygen at home - what to ask your doctor
Because of problems with your lungs or heart, you will need to use oxygen in your home.
Below are questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you use your oxygen.
Oxygen - what to ask your doctor; What to ask your doctor about home oxygen; Hypoxia - oxygen at home
When should I use my oxygen?
Is it OK for me to change how much oxygen is flowing out of the tank or oxygen concentrator?
What should I do if I feel more short of breath?
Can my oxygen run out? How can I tell if the oxygen is running out?
Will I be able to take my oxygen with me when I go somewhere? How long will the oxygen last when I leave my home?
Do I need to worry about the electricity going off?
What can I do if my lips, mouth, or nose become dry? Is it safe to use petroleum jelly (Vaseline)?
How do I stay safe when I have oxygen in my home?
What do I do about getting oxygen when I travel on an airplane?
American Lung Association. Supplemental oxygen. Updated November 15, 2016. Lung.org web site. www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/copd/diagnosing-and-treating/supplemental-oxygen.html. Accessed February 8, 2017.
American Thoracic Society. Oxygen therapy. Updated April 2016. Thoracic.org web site. www.thoracic.org/patients/patient-resources/resources/oxygen-therapy.pdf. Accessed February 8, 2017.
Review Date: 1/15/2017
Reviewed By: Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, MHS, Paul F. Harron Jr. Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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