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
Before enquiring for your required medical oxygen, for some countries (please see list below) you are travelling to, it is essential to obtain from your GP or medical practitioner your oxygen prescription. This will enable the OxygenWorldwide team arranging your suitable oxygen to obtain a quote, without this it may delay securing oxygen supply for your specific holiday dates and location.”Requested materials must match your prescribed oxygen therapy. In case the materials are not available at your destination OxygenWorldwide will propose alternative materials suitable to your oxygen therapy.”
In some countries the OxygenWorldwide team will need your prescription and this is what will be ordered and supplied at your destination. If the equipment required is very specific there is a chance that this may not be able to be supplied. Attaching your prescription with your enquiry is the best, most efficient thing to do when planning your trip abroad with medical oxygen.
Below is a list of countries currently where you need to provide your medical prescription document:
France, Corsica, Monaco
USA & Canada
Ireland & United Kingdom
Cruises in Spain
*Countries are subject to time of published article. Please check with the team and always provide your prescription to ensure an efficient quote
It is important to arrange your medical oxygen when traveling in advance. OxygenWorldwide provide oxygen across the globe daily for clients who need a supply of medical oxygen whilst away from home for business or pleasure. Here are our team’s top 3 checklist when contacting us.
Your name address need to be exact. Similar to when you book tickets the documentation needs to be delivered to the correct person and the exact location. It is important to make sure you send the spelling of your name and destination address exactly. This will avoid any incorrect deliveries and confusion at your destination.
The oxygen usage is also vital to make sure that the litres needed per hour and per minute for medical reasons are correct.
Lastly your local contact details are just as important. Please see our previous post here to understand in more detail.
If you are planning a vacation or travel to another country please do contact our specialist team who are able to help plan your medical oxygen supply whilst away. Our team deal with all languages and we have forms easily translated. Please see below some useful links:
As the weather heats up it also turns up the dial of airborne allergies, hayfever and the warmer weather may cause any breathing problems to be more problematic during these summer months.
There are a few things you can plan ahead with so make these months much more bearable and healthier for you if you suffer from respiratory illnesses.
Here are our TOP 5:
1. Keep your body temperature cooler by sitting in the shade, wearing a hat or using a hand-held fan 2. Drink lots of cool water throughout the day to avoid dehydration 3. Check the pollen count and if extremely high you may decide to stay more indoors if you suffer really badly 4. Regular eating to maintain your fuel and energy levels 5. Taking a cooler shower or bath at home will help bring down your body temperature
Medical oxygen need is increasing across Europe and the world especially now with more respiratory problems since the pandemic. Whether travelling for pleasure or business these air travellers can have difficulty planning the trip. It has been common for travellers to not understand fully how to plan or for an airline to be slow in response.
Plan as far in advance as possibly
Contact your chosen airline to advise them of your requirements
When you book seats possibly try to be near the toilets and the aisle
You oxygen supplier at your destination is responsible for back ups and training
Make sure you leave enough time so the travel is not stressful or exhausting
OxygenWorldwide have been arranging medical oxygen for holiday for over 20 years so please feel free to discuss your requirements with the team here
For those looking to jet set across the skies this summer you may be wondering about how they all have different policies when it comes to medical oxygen. Please check out our useful links area @oxygenworldwide where we have listed the top airline carriers.
Click below to take you straight to our website and read more regarding travel with medical oxygen.
This week there was a green light for the travel industry and passengers to and from the UK. After such a difficult two years throughout the pandemic, finally this week there was good news. Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic announced an easing of mask wearing on their flights from UK. The UK has had an easing of restrictions since the beginning of the year and now with more people feeling safe to travel again there was even more change.
Now if the destination does not require mask wearing on public transport then this will not be compulsory on these flights for passengers. Of course if you wish to wear a mask you can and on board these flights staff will also wear mask when needed for those passengers who prefer.
There will still be a need for mask if the destination still has this rule in place. A step forward for getting the travel industry back on its feet.
Please check with your airline if you are planning to travel but also this week Heathrow airport also announced mask wearing was not compulsory apart for in close situations throughout the airport.
Tui and Jet2 have also followed with this change for England and N Ireland flights. Scotland and Wales still require mask wearing so this will still be in place for those locations.
Please do check before travelling and if you are still unsure about this change you are still welcome to make that personal choice.