Airlines and their policies

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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.

https://www.oxygenworldwide.com/general/links.html

Do not forget to check specific requirement when prior to travelling and inform them of you needs. Most airlines will help you but you just need to plan this in advance and make them aware.

For help and advice call or email our team anytime for more information. Feel free to contact the team with any oxygen travel queries here.

How to plan your holiday with oxygen

How can I make travelling easier?

  • Make all travel plans in advance
  • Prepare for typical problems
  • Plan rest stops, snack breaks, stretches and short walks
  • Plan to travel at cooler times of the day or year, so less air conditioning is needed
  • Follow your home routine as much as possible
  • When making travel reservations (e.g. bus, airline, tours), be sure to notify the staff of your oxygen use, so they can accommodate your needs
  • Also make sure you look up any additional requirements for where you are travelling such as covid measures, paperwork or passenger forms in advance to save you trouble on route

For further information, quotes and advice when travelling abroad with medical oxygen contact our team at OxygenWorldwide on info@oxygenworldwide.com

Taken from one of our popular posts on tip for planning.

3 tips for you and your oxygen

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  1. Always plan ahead; whether you are going away for a short day trip or a long vacation. Always plan your oxygen needs in advance to allow time for suitable arrangements.
  2. Speak with others in forums or through specialists teams – these will give you good guides, tips and advice on the best services, hotels, at home tips with your medical oxygen.
  3. Don’t let it stop you. Always stay as active as you can at home and out and about. Portable medical oxygen allows patients to have a normal life and its so important for your mental wellbeing to see friends and enjoy your hobbies.

If you are travelling with oxygen or planning to at some point; feel free to see our range of resources and links over at OxygenWorldwide and speak to our specialist team for enquiries and advice. They have over 20 years experience of travel with oxygen across many countries.

Can you take oxygen on a plane?

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The short answer is Yes, BUT you cannot simply just board a plane with your own oxygen. The airline need to have at least 7 days notice (dependant on the company). You can also only take a portable oxygen concentrator for flying.

You also are required to show “fitness to fly” document from your doctor to show you are well enough to take the journey plus the need for the medical oxygen.

The best advice is always plan ahead, reach out to the airline you are flying with to check what requirements they need ahead of time.

Speak to a member of our team to arrange your medical oxygen for your travels at OxygenWorldwide.

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What is medical oxygen?

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Oxygen therapy, also known as supplemental oxygen, is the use of oxygen as medical treatment. Acute indications for therapy include hypoxemia, carbon monoxide toxicity and cluster headache. It may also be prophylactically given to maintain blood oxygen levels during the induction of anaesthesia. Wikipedia

Medical oxygen as a term has become much more well-known since the pandemic with the crisis of oxygen needed globally due to Covid-19. This form of oxygen allows many patients to have the ability to take in oxygen and be able to do many daily things that we take for granted such as move around, light exercise and even travel with medical oxygen and see the world!

Medical oxygen is prescribed for patients suffering from COPD, chronic asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases.

To read more resources please do visit OxygenWorldwide for information on medical oxygen and travel.


5 tips for living with medical oxygen

  1. Portable oxygen concentrators – These will allow you more freedom to go wherever you wish, even on a plane. Do whatever you want to do as you can take the oxygen with you!
  2. Always plan in advance; look out for how long you may be walking outdoors, staying away from home or going abroad. Planning is key to make sure you have all your oxygen planned in advance. OxygenWorldwide can arrange anything abroad for you for your next holiday.
  3. Make sure you stay hydrated. Consume plenty of fluids throughout a day to avoid dryness.
  4. Be careful around any type of flame such as candles and gas heaters whilst having your oxygen with you.
  5. Your sleep will improve if taking oxygen overnight.
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India and its oxygen crisis

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.

Reference: Tribune News Service

Breathe easy at home

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For those who need medical oxygen at home this can seem daunting. Home oxygen is needed for those who have low oxygen levels and having this supply can help those with respiratory illnesses.

For some this may be a relatively new requirement especially if you have been in hospital with coronavirus and on your after-care plan you still require extra help with oxygen to improve your condition and daily life.

Oxygen at home or oxygen therapy increases the oxygen levels in your blood flow and can help with daily activities all based upon what your doctor has required necessary.

It can seem very scary but this vital source of medical equipment not only will help you breathe but will enable you to be able to move around, do daily exercise and even (when we can) venture on holiday. You do not have to miss out.

The team at OxygenWorldwide have over 20 years experience and can assist, provide and be available for your oxygen needs. Whether you require oxygen therapy at home or abroad – contact our team which operates across Europe and worldwide.

For more information about the team, where we deliver and also client feedback please do visit our website and contact us with any questions.

Covid-19 vaccine

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Long-awaited trials on a vaccine are now over with multiple trials now complete and signed off for roll-out with UK and US beginning their plans first. Below are a few of the common questions asked as it is perfectly normal to be anxious, worried or want to know what the vaccine is or does.

What does the vaccine do?
The vaccine helps protect you from the major symptoms of coronavirus and you may only have a mild form of the virus

How is the vaccine received?
The vaccine needs to be administered in two separate doses a few weeks apart. This does mean two trips to the local vaccination centre.

Are there any side affects?
Sometimes but these have been advised to be mild such as swelling where the injection was inserted, headache or feeling tired or a fever.

When will I get my vaccine?
This depends on where you live, but most countries will be rolling out a schedule starting with the most vulnerable such as Elderly, health care workers and anyone with health problems that are really at high risk from coronavirus. Refer to your governments website for details where you live.

How does it work?
The vaccine trains the body’s immune system to recognise the virus and help it to defend itself against a future attack.

For further information and detail please refer to your local healthcare website, especially if you have questions over the Covid-19 vaccine.

Breathing at home with Covid-19

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Coronavirus is becoming less of an ‘unknown’ virus and more of we at least know someone who has it or has recovered from it. If you are able to see loved ones this Christmas and New Year please be careful and if you require medical oxygen for breathing you can still do this in the comfort of your own home.

A huge part of recovery is being surrounded by the things you love, the people you recognise to look after you and just being calm in your familiar surroundings. If you find yourself or someone close to you in need of medical oxygen after covid-19 then our team can help.

OxygenWorldwide has been arranging and delivering medical oxygen for over 20 years around the world. Portable oxygen concentrators can be used safely in and around your home so give you the freedom to move around your home or at least be comfortable.

Contact us for a proposal or for further information here