Cigarettes on their own are the leading cause of house fires, but add to this the risk of oxygen being stored in the home and the danger dramatically increases.
Over the last few years there have been a staggering number of reports of people on home oxygen therapy being admitted to hospital with facial burns, eyebrows and hair burned off, death, smoke inhalation injuries and fire damage to their homes in the thousands of pounds. These occurred because they or a friend/family member were smoking whilst the patient’s oxygen equipment was in use.
However, do not interpret this to mean that oxygen therapy is something to be afraid of, it just needs to be respected.
General Advice when using oxygen equipment:
• If you’re on oxygen, DO NOT smoke.
• If you live with or visit someone on oxygen, DO NOT smoke around them.
• Stay away from open flames, sparks, and gas (including gas stoves).
• Turn the oxygen off while not in use.
• Avoid petroleum-based products.
• Do not use aerosol sprays nearby.
• Comply with all safety instructions provided by your home medical equipment company.
• Keep your oxygen concentrator in a well-ventilated area.
• Never allow the tubing, cannula, or mask to be covered, as it can result in a build-up of concentrated oxygen.
• Keep the name and number of your home medical equipment provider in a prominent spot for reference.
• Post a sign stating ‘DANGER: No Smoking-Oxygen in Use’ for the benefit of engineers or visitors.
There are also health risks associated with smoking while on oxygen therapy. Smoking is the most common cause of many medical conditions associated with the requirement of oxygen therapy. Smoking got you here therefore it is highly recommended that you put as much effort as possible into trying to give up this harmful addiction, or to at least cut down. Smoking more will just continue to damage your lungs and increase the deterioration of your respiratory capability and make you increasingly more dependent upon supplemental oxygen. Using supplemental oxygen can improve your health and improve your medical condition but if you smoke you are hampering the possible medical benefits of the treatment.
There should be a respectful balance between your own lifestyle choices, your medical needs and the safety of yourself and others around you. Be aware of the dangers and make sure you take all possible safety precautions.
References: http://lambertshc.com and http://scienceblogs.com
Google is one of many search engines we all use on a daily basis when researching online. Google is very powerful and can “hide” other search systems or resources from its results. We just don’t know the existence of most of them, and there are many that could be useful giving you a better library of information to choose from.
Meanwhile, there are still a huge number of excellent resources online in the world who specialise in books, science, and interesting information.
Below is a list of websites for you to keep which you may not have come across of in your previous searches:
www.refseek.com – Academic Resource Search. More than a billion sources: encyclopaedia, monographies, magazines.
www.worldcat.org – Contents of 20 thousand worldwide libraries. Find out where lies the nearest rare book you need to read.
Have you ever wondered what happens to all the Christmas trees; real and artificial once the festive fun is all over?
A couple have started up a business to let people rent their Christmas trees as part of Oxygen Project. This helps to reduce the amount of trees that simply end up in the landfill. Your tree gets replanted for you ready for next year.
On average, one tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year. You may feel an artificial tree would be better as they are re-used each year but ultimately once disposed of they take a long time to decompose in a landfill. Recycling your real tree is the most environmental option to take.
India has been for a while been hit with lack of oxygen supply after the Coronavirus wave that has swept the country. Many had not been vaccinated as did not experiencing any major crisis last year. Since the widely publicised wave that has swept the need and demand for medical oxygen is high.
Ludhiana, which being the biggest district with a maximum population of over 3.5-million passed through a harrowing time during the deadly second Covid wave, has built a strong medical oxygen infrastructure to meet the anticipated high demand of the life-saving gas during the possible third virus wave, the government has confirmed.
Besides accumulating maximum cylinders, the district has also acquired the highest number of oxygen concentrators in the state, the official figures have revealed.
6,165 oxygen cylinders made available
The data compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, which is available with The Tribune, showed that Ludhiana has made available 6,165 oxygen cylinders, including 4,774 D-type cylinders, 4,158 in private and 616 in government hospitals, and 1,391 B-type cylinders, including 855 in private and 536 in government institutions.
This week we have seen the travel doors given the green light for UK to arrive in the Balearic Islands. Travellers have the good news that fully vaccinated or negative test will allow entry onto the islands. There is growing concern and pressure to open up travel corridors and also tourism but also with Covid cases on the increase to also be very careful on regulations and guidelines.
Ibiza, Menorca, Majorca and Formentera will be hot destinations to travel to for English Tourists looking to get some summer sun.
The announcement also includes other destinations such as the Caribbean islands that are going on the green list are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Due to Covid-19 medical oxygen has become very difficult to get hold for patients in developing countries such as Africa and the Middle East. Medical oxygen is an essential medicine and should be available to all. Covid-19 has brought an extra constrain on a much needed supply across the world.
Medical oxygen supplies relies on its local infrastructure as it is very costly to transport so these countries have seen their supply gap increase.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought medical oxygen to the table and much needed for all the wards across the globe.
OxygenWorldwide have great connections across the world and can also supply medical oxygen for use in your home for after-care of any other medical conditions. With an extensive team of knowledge and 24/7 communications we are here to help give patients the essential medicine they need. Contact us today for a quote.
Christmas has come around so fast this year for everyone. It is time to spread cheer amongst one another hence why we have seen to many people jump onto Christmas planning, decorating so early! It may be the only period on which we can see loved ones.
It is a time of uncertainty still, anxiousness and frustration for many especially those who are separated by countries. It has been a long year for all and it is time to speak a little cheer and have something to look forward to. A few ideas to make Christmas special this year:
1. Make and decorate your own festive wreath, it can be fun to do and there are so many options from traditional festive wreaths to more modern takes
2. Donate to charities instead of sending Christmas cards this year – many are doing this to help support charities at a time when fundraising has been difficult for vital research and support
3. Make sure you call or even better video call your nearest and dearest if you are not planning to be together. A conversation and talking goes a long way when you may be feeling lonely
4. Support local independents – it has been a struggle for many small shops and restaurants to try and stay afloat so this year if you do buy gifts buy local
5. Baking is very therapeutic for many plus after your hard work you get to enjoy a treat or even share with your neighbours! There are many recipes out there to feed your festive spirit from mince pies and Christmas puddings to reindeer cookies, roast dinners and even make your own mulled wine!