Traveling can be stressful let alone during the festive season when many are going home for the holidays, visiting friends and family and meeting up with loved ones for Christmas. This can provide another layer of anxiety for those using medical oxygen and could deter anyone from even thinking about travel. Here are a few tips so you can set off on your travels and not miss out plus feel more relaxed as with anything planning and being prepared is the best tip especially if you have portable oxygen to take with you and also if you are going away for a longer period than normal.
Avoid travelling on busy days for example Christmas Eve or once most companies break up for the Christmas holidays.
Always plan to have extra battery power in case of travel delays or disruptions beyond your control.
Real Christmas trees are magical but for those with respiratory difficulties this can affect your breathing. Fake Christmas trees are much safer.
The festive season brings out all the scents but also with this comes naked flames so avoid scented candles that may trigger problems and also walk passed those chestnuts on open fires or grills.
If you are traveling via air or sea please do check with your transportation provider your needs and that you are all pre-booked for your requirements. It is always advised to check all requirements before travel to stop any confusion or problems when boarding.
Finally enjoy your holiday, the time of year and being with your loved ones. Christmas is a magical time and can be enjoyed by all. Simply plan and prepare for all situations. If you require medical oxygen abroad simply send your medical requirements to the team at OxygenWorldwide who can arrange everything for you. Having 24/7 contact especially during holidays is a must and the OxygenWorldwide team will be your support.
Here are our 5 tips to help you breathe better now we have moved into winter cold season:
Use a scarf or mask to place around your mouth as this will make it easier to breathe in the cold winter air
Use a humidifier at home to help keep the dry air moisturised
For those who prefer to get outdoors remember to try to avoid the coldest part of the day
Also move your exercises to indoors so not outside in the cold for too long
If short of breath close your lips together when its cold
Winter is a season where it is best to make sure you are more aware of how this affects your breathing. Stay wrapped up warm, keep moving and if you have an inhaler keep this with you at all times. You may have asthma, COPD or another respiratory illness and remember just be prepared but you can still enjoy day to day activities.
For those who may be new to using medical oxygen as a supplement to breathing this may be your first winter. Winter is not as scary as most of us think, temperatures drop and breathing can become more difficult. Just remember that as long as you are aware you can still do everything you need to each day, You are not alone and winter just means you need to be a bit more careful on how it affects you. Many patients that suffer from respiratory conditions such as COPD, asthma or need to use oxygen after covid may be fearful of the temperature falling. All you need to be aware of is protecting your lungs during this season as you are exposed to the cold air.
3 tips on what to do during winter:
Stay indoors a bit more during these months – for example exercise indoors more than in warmer months and make sure your home is well insulated
Wrap up warm when going outside, wear extra layers or thermals to keep your body warmer
Make sure your mouth and nose is covered, use breathable materials such as wool
If you are looking to travel during the winter months please do contact our team on what is required and also arrange all your medical oxygen needs. You can visit our website for further information or contact our team directly here.
It is now very common to be sent home with the need of medical supplemental oxygen after contracting Covid-19. If severe the damage to lungs means many patients are having extreme difficulty breathing. One reports suggests; Average duration of supplemental oxygen therapy requirement among COVID-19 patients was 6 days and being 70 years and older and having shortness of breath were found to be associated with prolonged duration of supplemental oxygen therapy requirement. Although Covid-19 is very complicated and still exists.
Experts also say that oxygen therapy is also useful in cases where:
A patient is suffering from pneumonia/ acute respiratory distress syndrome
Dyspnea (severe shortness of breath)
Hypoxia (when there’s oxygen deprivation on the tissue level without the presence of other physical manifestations)
We all need oxygen to live so patients who start using oxygen due to a dip on o2 levels will continue until stabilisation. Medical oxygen is easy to have at home with portable oxygen concentrators and cylinders.
If you want to read more about medical oxygen visit @oxygenworldwide
Covid can bring long-term breathing conditions to many patients even after recovery. Covid attacks and can weaken the lung tissue and cause damage. Medical oxygen may be needed in some cases whether in hospital or as after care in the home. Conditions such as pneumonia, sepsis and bronchitis can occur in severe cases.
Recovery is so important as the quicker doctors can help assist the right treatment for patients the more likely the lungs will have time to heal, but it does take time.
For the patients suffering from the long term effects of Covid – the team at OxygenWorldwide help keep you moving across the world. Arrangement of medical oxygen in many countries is key to travel, visit family and see the world. For more information please visit our website for full details.
Transavia airline’s website now describes how you can pre-order and request medical oxygen for your flight. This would be at a cost of 75€ per 400 Litres. This could be a great sign that other airlines will follow suit. Here the cost is clear for anyone needing this requirement. The airline simply request the following conditions:
You are able to operate the device yourself. Or you are travelling together with someone (aged 16 or over) who can provide assistance.
You require a signed medical certificate in English from an independent physician or specialist. The required number of litres of oxygen per minute is stated. The certificate must also state whether the oxygen is on stand-by or continuous. The medical certificate must be issued no later than 7 days before the departure of your flight and is required for all flights to and from the Netherlands.
You require less than 1,500 litres of oxygen per flight. If you require more oxygen, it is not possible to fly due to safety regulations.
You may not use your own oxygen bottles in the plane. You may take empty oxygen containers with you for use at the destination. These will be transported as hold luggage.
Oxygen can only be requested for flights departing and arriving at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Eindhoven Airport. Please note that extra oxygen tanks cannot be requested for flights departing from and arriving in Belgium and France. One exception to this is the Amsterdam-Paris (Orly) route
Please read full details over on their website: https://www.transavia.com/help/en-eu/medical-services-assistance/flying-with-extra-oxygen/request-extra-oxygen
A great advancement was at The Pneumatic Institution administered oxygen free of charge to ‘out-patients… in consumption, asthma, palsy, dropsy, obstinate venereal complaints, scrophula or King’s Evil and other diseases, which ordinary means have failed to remove’.
Many of this is still used today such as corrugated non-crushable breathing tubes, mouthpieces and the method for mass production of gases. The Institution then changed to a hospital in later years to help cope with typhis outback in 1800.
‘Most people report that Oxygen Water gives them extra energy and makes them more alert… the effects of inadequate oxygen in the blood are well known. Drinking oxygenated water gives you another path for bringing oxygen into your blood’.4
Still today oxygen therapy and medical oxygen is still very much used and needed to many patients. This also covers most respiratory diseases plus anaesthesia and treatment of other illnesses. Most forget that it still needs to be prescribed carefully and levels have to be correct and accurate for the patient. We owe many physicians a huge thank you and accolade for their works including what happened in battlefields of first world war where oxygen was used to help soldiers.
Grainge C. Breath of life: the evolution of oxygen therapy. J R Soc Med. 2004 Oct;97(10):489-93. doi: 10.1177/0141076809701011. PMID: 15459264; PMCID: PMC1079621.
We rely on devices, internet and apps for so many areas of our lives now. From monitoring our steps, ordering online to keeping connected with others as well as reading books, listening to podcasts and researching news. Health is catching up with new ways to use technology to connect people especially those that are vulnerable.
CPI look at making huge advances in this area – a company that helps connect innovators with ideas.
This huge step forward could help create many health related benefits to so many people across the world. From knowing when your asthma inhaler needs replacing to data analytics and sending users notifications and reminders to take medication.
A very valuable concept for many now everything is moving to digital with easy and wide access to all from a device such as your mobile smart phone or tablet.
For any oxygen therapy needs please do take a look at our website here. We have many years experience of helping patients travel and keep moving across the globe with medical oxygen.
Another fantastic article we have to be brought back to our current readers who have sever asthma, here are some great supplements that have been noted to help. Please do check with your doctor before taking as these are just recommendations from various sources.
We are all aware of extra nutrients and vitamins we need. But especially in winter in most European and other countries the sun goes down and we lack a vital Vitamin D. There have been several studies around this helping against severe asthma attacks. Winter is especially difficult due to the cold air and this causes airways to go into spasm.
If you are looking on ways to help please speak to your doctor about taking more Vitamin D during this winter to help ease the symptoms. Even for those who do not suffer from asthma attacks can have benefits of this vitamin as we lack the goodness of the sun. This can even simply be feeling more energised during those cold winter months and what our bodies need more of.
Take a look at our website for more resources and help with those needing medical oxygen here.