Winter is here and we all notice and feel it from dark evenings even closer to putting on that cosy pair of socks when you get home. Most of us find it eady to stay at home during these months of the year but some may opt to travel to see relatives and friends during the festive season. Whether staying wrapped up indoors or planning a trip make sure you have followed preacaustios to stay safe when you have your oxygen equipment with you.
Keep your medical oxygen unit at least 8-10 feet away from these heat sources to prevent explosions from the highly combustible concentrated oxyge
Chapped lips and dry skin are unfortunate marks of the season. When you’re picking a lotion to replenish parched skin, stay away from petroleum-based ointments. These substances can create violent reactions with medical oxygen, leading to burns around areas of application. Opt for aloe vera, cocoa butter, or water-based products instead, especially for dry nasal passages.
But what about spare tanks? Never store them in cabinets, closets or other unventilated areas, next to heat sources, or under curtains, clothing or fabrics. If a cart to store the oxygen tank upright is not available, store tanks flat on its side and safe from rolling. Store empty tanks separate from full ones.
Your tubing is prone to cracks when transferring from heat to cold quickly, so tuck them carefully inside of your clothing. Additionally, an abrupt drop in temperature creates damaging condensation in your tank, so bundle your device into a blanket or thermal covering before you step out of the house to retain heat.
If you are planning to travel abroad then OxygenWorldwide offers help when going away with medical oxygen. There is always someone available to contact if you have anything to be questioned or your oxygen tank is not 1000%. The 24 hour service is for our clients and one of our expert team members is always on hand to help.
Becca Blond’s story of how she was able to travel again when she discovered how her dogs helped her from her anixity disorder and panic attacks.
Her self-written article really helps show how animals do help to keep humans calm. The story is very heart-warming that has allowed her to travel and see the world again.
Read how Bobbi, Becca’s dog helped her…
Around three years ago I had a panic attack — which also makes my blood pressure shoot up — during a routine check-up at O’Donnell’s office. My ex had driven me to the appointment that day and was waiting outside with one of our rescue dogs, Bobbi. O’Donnell suggested I bring the pup inside, as I usually feel calmer in the presence of my dogs. With Bobbi next to me, my blood pressure returned to a more normal level and the anxiety began to recede.
Here at OxygenWorldwide we treat all our customers not just like a number. We as a team have been looking after our customers to travel with no stress with medical oxygen in over 50 countries across the globe.
Many of our customers travel with COPD, asthma, bronchitus, respiratory problems to name a few and are delighted that our services help them have their long awaited vacation, visit their loved ones many times a year.
Travelling with medical oxygen seems complicated but speak to one of our advisors and the dream can become a reality.
If you are planning to travel abroad and need essential medical oxygen as part of your trip. Look no further as OxygenWorldwide is here. Our team have been helping customers travel with oxygen for over 25 years…
A great resource over at COPD.net on the safety tips of travelling with oxygen. Do’s
DO fill the portable tank carefully, if using liquid oxygen. Liquid oxygen is extremely cold and can injure your hands, if frost should develop.
DO carry your portable tank only in the case supplied with it.
DO use a cart or holster to carry portable oxygen cylinders.
DO keep your oxygen delivery system out of the bright sunlight or other heat sources.
DO secure your tank, cylinder or portable concentrator so it does not roll around in the car. Liquid tanks should never be laid on their sides; portable cylinders may be.
DO bring extra batteries to power your concentrator.
DON’T put a portable tank inside a backpack or other carry bag.
DON’T place your tank, cylinder or portable concentrator in a car trunk or other tightly enclosed space.
There are quite a few DO’s for you to remember and t is always best to be prepared before embarking on a week or two away on holiday. Any advice needed on arranging oxygen please do just speak with the team at OxygenWorldwide.
Exercise is a fanastic way to help strengthen muscles and improve heart function all at the same time. It will also give a person overall health benefits and motivation to feel good.
So how does this help you if you have a condition like asthma?
There are breathing exercises that, like aerobic exercises, can strengthen the lungs to relieve asthma symptoms or, in some cases, even prevent the recurrence of asthma attacks.
To make up for the lessened functionality of the lungs through asthma, the body uses other muscles for breathing – such as your neck, back and chest. This, however, doesn’t assist with breathing; it only adds more stress to your body, which is not good for people living with asthma.
With the following breathing exercises, asthma patients can strengthen their lungs and, thus, improve their breathing.
Pursed-Lip Breathing With a pursed lip, breathe into your nose and breathe out at least twice through your mouth.
Belly Breathing Breathe into your nose and breathe out through you mouth at least two times. Make sure that each exhale is as long as your inhale. This helps with training your diaphragm to do most of the work while breathing, which builds up the strength to fill and empty your lungs.
If you begin to feel dizzy while practicing any of these exercises, stop immediately.Once you feel better, try again. If the dizziness continues, you should contact your doctor for help.
Holiday and travel to some people is the one period of time we feel relaxed, refreshed, indulged or even liberated. Travelling is a luxury and for some a necessity to free themselves from the every-day pressure of work life but for others with the need for supplemental oxygen, life threatening respiratory illnesses; sourcing and organising medical oxygen is the first item on the list when going on holiday. Oxygen Worldwide was setup to make travelling with oxygen a seamless service without it becoming a problem just part of the holiday check list. With the experience, 24hour customer service line and extensive network of oxygen suppliers internationally Oxygen Worldwide can arrange your holiday with oxygen effectively, efficiently and tailor-made to your needs.
For those oxygen patients who love to travel and don’t want to be tied down by conventional oxygen therapy you can purchase direct from OxygenWorldwide’s outlet site new and reconditioned portable oxygen concentrators.
With proper planning and guidance, you can go on a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation without worry with OxygenWorldwide.
As Dubai is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination, OxygenWorldwide has set up a local depot with medical oxygen equipment. From today (March 2016) we can arrange oxygen for you in aluminium cylinders as small as 2 ltr. If you need to be mobile these small light cylinders are an alternative to the portable oxygen concentrator (POC) that we are hoping to be able to have available soon in Dubai too. Please check with our call centre (24/7 in 5 languages) by e-mail email@example.com or call (+34) 96 688 28 73 to see if we have POC’s available yet in Dubai.
We have also larger cylinders like a 4,5 Ltr., 9 Ltr. and 45 Ltr. Available, which can be delivered with a trolley if needed.
Many people use Dubai as a stopover for longer flights such as to other places in the southern hemisphere. Dubai is great for shopping and of course as an oxygen patient/user you will need to be mobile. Our main objective is therefore to organise for you predominantly mobile equipment in Dubai. The fantastic climate in Dubai gives you the opportunity to spend lots of time on the beach, even if you are using oxygen.
With 22 years of experience we at OxygenWorldwide understand the needs of oxygen users and we will do our utmost to meet your requirements. If you are travelling with your own portable oxygen concentrator but you need a back-up provision in case your POC has broken down or you do not want to rely 24 hours on your POC (as not all POC’s can be used on a 24 hour basis) we can of course arrange a back-up cylinder in your hotel, resort etc.
OxygenWorldwide is active in more than 100 countries. In a number of these countries do we provide a Airport Service (A.S.). This means that we will have, on your arrival, someone at the door of the aircraft to hand you over a portable oxygen device so you can make your way to your hotel etc. with oxygen. On your departure we will again have someone at the door of the aircraft, who will collect the equipment again from you. If there are cases, due to custom regulations, that we cannot meet you at the door of the aircraft then we will have someone meet you in another place within the airport. Please contact us to find out what possibilities there are in Dubai and in other countries. We hope you will have a great stay in Dubai.
Fatalities have risen this summer and as there are still a few weeks remaining until the end of the season the government have been pushing preventative warnings out to all holiday makers. Deciding to go camping or to stay in a caravan sounds like a harmless and easily planned event. This is why it is popular with older people, as it is easy to travel to and any disabilities or medical conditions can usually be easily managed, especially with a caravan as it is basically just a smaller version of your own home. However there are a few things that must be remembered when doing so, otherwise your holiday could go disastrously wrong.
The main cause of fatalities has been due to carbon monoxide poisoning and related dangers. Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous substance which is created when fossil fuels such as gas and solid fuels like charcoal and wood fail to combust fully due to a lack of oxygen. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.
This is usually caused by people cooking inside or allowing their BBQ’s to cool off inside the tent or caravan. When fuels are burning, the carbon monoxide being emitted is converted into relatively harmless carbon dioxide. But once the flame has gone out carbon monoxide continues to be produced and is no longer burnt off. The fumes build up in such an enclosed space quickly and many have died from inhaling carbon monoxide while they sleep. As carbon monoxide is inhaled, it enters the bloodstream and binds to the haemoglobin in red blood cells, replacing and blocking the oxygen molecules, which are normally attached. Your body is slowly starved of its oxygen as it cannot bind to the haemoglobin or travel into any tissues.
Another danger is from using open flame gas stoves, which if are not working properly or are left on can release harmful carbon monoxide. The open flames from a stove or BBQ also increase the risk to those that use oxygen as it is highly combustable and there have been incidences of explosions and severe burns where people have been cooking with their oxygen close by.
Make sure that tubing does’nt become tangled, equipment is secure and not used near open flames.
Oxygen therapy is the main treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning as the high concentration levels of oxygen basically forces displacement of the carbon monoxide molecules from the haemoglobin so that the oxygen can take its place. If you do start feeling any symptoms that could be carbon monoxide poisoning then having your oxygen close to hand could save your life. Some people keep their portable concentrator near to them when they sleep in case they awaken with breathing difficulties. Barbeque safety
Never take a smouldering or lit BBQ into a tent, caravan or cabin. Even if you have finished cooking the BBQ should remain outside as it will still give off fumes for some hours after use
Never use a BBQ inside to keep you warm
Never leave a lit BBQ unattended or while sleeping
Place your cooking area well away from your tent. Always ensure there is an adequate supplyv of fresh air in the area where the BBQ is being used Symptoms of CO poisoning include:
• chest pains
• vomiting At high levels, CO poisoning can cause:
• sudden collapse
• loss of consciousness
It’s not just BBQ season that you need to worry about CO poisoning, with winter around the corner many deaths occur from faulty boilers and open flames being used to help heat the home.
If you already have respiratory issues then even a small amount of carbon monoxide can greatly impact your oxygenation and breathing so ensure you have a monitor at home. Carbon monoxide advice
Warning signs can include symptoms that disappear if you are away from your house, or which are worse in winter when the central heating is on more
Other people in the house, or pets, fall ill with similar symptoms
Clues to a leak can include black, sooty marks around gas fires, boilers or stoves
Smoke building up in rooms due to faulty flues
Do not sleep in a room that has an unflued gas fire or a paraffin heater
Make sure your kitchen has an extractor fan
Yellow instead of blue flames from gas appliances
To be safe, you should never use ovens or gas ranges to heat your home
Never use oversized pots on your gas stove, or place foil around the burners
Make sure rooms are well-ventilated and do not block air vents
References: www.bbc.co.uk/news/health and www.gov.uk