Is this your first winter with medical oxygen?

Winter and tree with no leaves

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:

  1. 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
  2. Wrap up warm when going outside, wear extra layers or thermals to keep your body warmer
  3. 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.

How long do I need to be on oxygen after Covid?

oxygen gauge

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

Oxygen after Covid

oxygen tank and mask

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.

Life saving oxygen therapy – how it began…

oxygen therapy tank

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

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.

Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

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.

How technology is helping health get better

device with heart symbol for health

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.


COPD and oxygen therapy

Another article from the archives but an important one.

Many people with COPD need supplemental oxygen therapy. Unfortunately, some people who use portable oxygen are wary of travelling with oxygen.

So they opt to stay at home instead of going out to see friends, shop, or enjoy a vacation. But oxygen therapy can actually enhance your physical ability to go places and do things that the advance stage of COPD was keeping you from doing. Once you’ve learned what’s involved, you may find that oxygen gives you more freedom to go places and do things you want to do.

If you don’t use one already, you’ll need to switch to a portable oxygen delivery system for trips away from home. Portable oxygen concentrators (POCs), hold compressed oxygen in small tanks. Most POC tanks come with carrying cases and travel carts. These are excellent for using in airports or simply going sightseeing.

Contact OxygenWorldwide – experts for over 20 years when travelling away from home. Our team of experts can help arrange all the necessary oxygen and POC’s during your holidays to help you and your loved ones have more freedom.

List of airlines that allow portable oxygen

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Always check before booking your flight as details and policies may change. These airlines have allowed portable oxygen concentrators you can reach out to their websites for further information and to confirm their conditions.

Aegean Airlines
Aer Lingus
Air Canada
Air China
Air France
Air Iceland
Air New Zealand
Air Malta
Air Tahiti Nui
Airtran Airways
Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
Alitalia
All Nippon Airways
Allegiant Air
American Airlines
Avianca Airlines
British Airways
China Southern Airlines
Continental Airlines
Delta
EasyJet
Emirates
Frontier
Hawaiian Airlines
Iberia
Icelandair
Japanese Airlines
Jet Blue
KLM
Lufthansa
Mango
Qantas
Ryanair
Singapore Airlines
South African Airways
Southwest
Sun Country
Swiss Air Lines
Turkish Airlines
United Airlines
US Airways
Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Australia
WestJet Airlines

Also refer to our website here for countries we can deliver oxygen to once at your destination.

10 more countries that have dropped or lowered COVID restrictions…

Malaysia

Here find countries that have dropped all or most of their local Covid-19 restrictions.

  1. Malaysia
  2. Belize
  3. Slovakia
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Jamaica
  6. Argentina
  7. Poland
  8. Denmark
  9. Sweden
  10. Romania

Plan you trip in advance as possible, Contact our team with your medical oxygen requirements and pack your bags ready for an adventure!

What oxygen therapy information do you need when planning a trip?

The best thing to do is to contact your GP or Doctor or specialist consultant to obtain the below information before contacting the team to plan and delivery what you will need on your next trip.

  • Will you require oxygen for the whole journey or just for a certain amount of time
  • Maximum flow rate
  • If you require battery power on the plane then please do contact your airline to see if a seat is available with access to a power socket
  • Always pack spare adapters
  • If you will be using your portable oxygen concentrator during the flight, you may not sit in an emergency exit row or in a seat that restricts other passengers’ access to an emergency exit.

Facts about oxygen

Time to go back to another popular post from a few years ago where we talk about facts. Facts of oxygen…

Oxygen surrounds us and is fundamental for life and yet we can take it for granted and not realise that it’s a lot more than just a component of the air.

  1. Our atmosphere today contains around 21 percent oxygen. About 300 million years ago oxygen levels reached 35 percent and insects were able to grow super-large- think  dragonflies with the wingspans of hawks.
  2. Oxygen does not actually burn as people think it does. However it does support the combustion of other substances and without a supply of oxygen, combustion ceases. If you  think about it, if oxygen itself actually burnt, simply striking a match would be enough to burn all of the oxygen in our planet’s atmosphere.
  3. Almost two-thirds of the weight of living things comes from oxygen, mainly because living  things contain a lot of water and 88.9 percent of water’s weight comes from oxygen.
  4. Oxygen (O2) is very unstable in our planet’s atmosphere as it is very reactive and must be constantly replenished by photosynthesis in green plants. Without plant life, our atmosphere   would contain almost no oxygen. If we discover any other planets with atmospheres rich in  oxygen, we will know that life is almost certainly present on these planets as significant  quantities of oxygen will only exist on planets when it is released by living things.
  5. The Northern (and Southern) Lights: The green and dark-red colours in the aurora Borealis (and Australis) are caused by oxygen atoms. Highly energetic electrons from the solar wind split oxygen molecules high in earth’s atmosphere into excited, high energy atoms. These atoms lose energy by emitting photons, producing awe-inspiring light shows. These usually occur in the polar regions because solar electrons will accelerate along our planet’s magnetic field lines until they hit the atmosphere in the polar regions.
  6. A common urban myth is that hyperventilation is caused by breathing in too much oxygen. When we hyperventilate, we breathe too quickly, and this can lead to symptoms such as headache, light-headedness, dizziness, chest pains, tingling, slurred speech, fainting and spasms. Hyperventilation actually causes us to get rid of too much carbon dioxide from our bodies. The trouble with this is that we need carbon dioxide in our blood to stop it from becoming too alkaline. When we hyperventilate, we lose too much carbon dioxide, which disturbs the balance of substances in our blood, causing its pH to increase; this causes the blood vessels leading to our brains to get narrower, slowing the blood flow and decreasing the amount of oxygen reaching vital organs, leading to the symptoms of hyperventilation.
  7. As a gas, oxygen is clear. However as a liquid, it’s pale blue. If you’ve ever wondered what  swimming in a pool of liquid oxygen would be like, the answer is very, very cold,(according to Carl Zorn of the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility). Oxygen must get down to minus 297.3 F (minus 183.0 C) to liquefy, so frostbite would be a bit of a  problem.

References: http://www.chemicool.com/elements/oxygen-facts.html and http://www.livescience.com/28738-oxygen.html