What is fit to fly?

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flying with medical oxygen

Most travellers with existing medical conditions are able to fly without difficulty. However, occasionally certain precautions need to be taken.
A fitness to fly form is required to be completed when:

  • Fitness to travel is in doubt as a result of recent illness, hospitalisation, injury or surgery
  • If you have an existing unstable medical condition
  • You wish to use medical equipment or therapeutic oxygen on-board

Most medical cases are straightforward, but some require individual assessment. In certain cases, we may ask that you and your doctor complete a “Fitness to Fly’ Form.

Carriage of a POC:

Passengers carrying a POC should obtain a Medical Equipment Approval & Baggage Waiver letter.   This approval & waiver letter must be presented at the Bag Drop desk or at the boarding gate if travelling with no checked baggage.

Use of POC during Flight:

If you wish to use a POC during flight, for the use onboard you will be required to complete a ‘Fit to Fly’ form which will be sent to the passenger once the requirement has been notified.   This completed “Fit to Fly’ form must be returned between 14 up to 2 days prior to travel for validation. The validated “Fit to Fly form must be carried by the passenger on all flights and produced to our cabin crew on boarding the aircraft.

If the POC is to be used onboard it is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure that they have a sufficient number of fully charged batteries for the duration of the flight and any possible delays, as POC or batteries cannot be charged on board.

Individual airline carriers have their own regulations please check before booking departure for full details.

For further info and back up service please contact our team at info@oxygenworldwide.com or www.oxygenworldwide.com

For an example:

Please see below list of models approved for carriage on Ryanair flights:

AirSep FreeStyle (PDF)
AirSep LifeStyle (PDF)
AirSep Focus (PDF)
AirSep Freestyle 5 (PDF)
Delphi RS-00400 / Oxus RS-00400 (PDF)
DeVilbiss Healthcare iGo (PDF)
Inogen One (PDF)
Inogen One G2 (PDF)
lnogen One G3 (PDF)
lnova Labs LifeChoice Activox (PDF)
International Biophysics LifeChoice / lnova Labs LifeChoice (PDF)
Invacare XPO2 (PDF)
Invacare Solo 2 (PDF)
Oxylife Independence Oxygen Concentrator (PDF)
Precision Medical EasyPulse (PDF)
Respironics EverGo (PDF)
Respironics SimplyGo (PDF)
Sequal Eclipse (PDF)


Top 10 European travel destinations for 2013

Porto & Douro Valley

The Yeatman is Porto’s finest hotel, and its Michelin-starred restaurant is well worth a visit even if you don’t stay the night.

Rooftops of Porto and the Douro River. Photo by Dmitry Shakin / Getty Images.

Budapest, Hungary

Szimpla Kert is the granddaddy of the garden bars and one of the best, now winterized to be open year-round.

The Széchenyi Baths on a summer day in Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Ellen Rooney / Getty Images.

Northern Iceland

Fancy a peek at a puffin? On the island of Grimsey, Iceland’s only true piece of the Artctic Circle, birds outnumber people 1000 to one. Divers can swim with seabirds, watching guillemots hunting for food deep in the crystal waters.

Fire and Ice – Riders on the frozen Myvatn Lake. Photo by Reinhard Pantke / Getty Images.

Cinque Terre, Italy

The best way to get around the Cinque Terre is with the Cinque Terre card available at all of the local train stations, which gives you unlimited use of the walking paths, electric village buses, the elevator in Riomaggiore and cultural exhibitions (one/two days €5/9).

Colourful Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre. Photo by Sergio Del Rosso / Getty Images.

Moravia, Czech Republic

To pedal your way through Moravian wine country, follow the Mikulov Wine Trail. The Mikulov tourist office (www.mikulov.cz/tourism) can help steer you to a one-day ride that takes in the nearby chateaux at Valtice and Lednice, stopping at small local vineyards along the way.

Elderflower wine, Mikulov, Moravia, Czech Republic. Photo by Paul Harris / Getty Images.

Bern, Switzerland

Get a taste of Bern’s locavore leanings at the popular Lötschberg AOC (www.loetschberg-aoc.ch), with an all-Swiss wine and beer list, local cheese specialities and seasonal produce.

Bern’s Old Town and the Aare River. Izzet Keribar / Getty Images.

Marseille, France

For a true bouillabaisse experience, head to Le Rhul for a classic approach or L’Epuisette for a swank Michelin-starred experience; reserve in advance for both.

Marseille’s Vieux Port. Photo by Alexandre Fundone / Getty Images.


To experience Zagreb like a local, don’t miss Saturday morning špica, the coffee-drinking and people watching ritual that is the peak of the weekly social calendar.

Plitvice Lakes National Park. Photo by Kelly Cheng / Getty Images.

Northern Ireland

In October, Derry/Londonderry dusts off the skeletons and puts on the spooky makeup for the annual Halloween Carnival, Ireland’s biggest street party.

Dawn on the Giant’s Causeway. Photo by Riccardo Spila / Getty Images.

Copenhagen, Denmark

The strikingly modern Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in nearby Humelbæk is worth the side trip even if you’re not a passionate fan of modern art. Inside find Picasso, Giacometti and an entire wing for kids; outside find Henry Moore, Alexander Calder and artfully framed views across the water to Sweden.

City bikers in Copenhagen. Photo by Dag Sundberg / Getty Images.
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/europe/travel-tips-and-articles/77757#ixzz2bhGWEMXI

Girl Who Needed Judge's Order To Be On Transplant List, To Get New Lung

People who have COPD can be candidates for lung transplants. Transplants can be recommended for people who have very severe symptoms, have difficulty breathing most of the time or have no relief of symptoms from medical therapy.
Lung transplantation involves giving a person with COPD a lung from a person who has recently died. A single-lung transplant is done more often than a double-lung transplant, and both can be effective methods to improve breathing for people with COPD.

Qualifications for surgery

Because there are not always enough organs donated, not everyone can qualify for or receive a lung transplant. To qualify, a person must:

  • have severe COPD
  • be under 65 years old
  • have stopped smoking
  • have family and friends who will help and encourage them during and after the surgery
  • be physically capable of undergoing surgery, follow-up medical treatment and participation in a pulmonary rehabilitation group
  • not currently have a drug or alcohol abuse problem

June 12 (Reuters) – A lung donor has been found for a 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis who only became eligible for an adult organ transplant because of a judge’s order, her mother said on Wednesday.
Sarah Murnaghan, who had been kept off an adult organ transplant list due to an age restriction prior to the judge’s ruling, was being prepped for surgery in an operating room at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, her mother, Janet Murnaghan, wrote on Facebook.
“Sarah got THE CALL,” she wrote. “Please pray for Sarah’s donor, her HERO, who has given her the gift of life. Today their family has experienced a tremendous loss, may God grant them a peace that surpasses understanding.
“Today is the start of Sarah’s new beginning and new life!” she wrote.
The girl’s family sued to prevent the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing a policy that prevents children under age 12 from getting adult lung transplants regardless of how ill they are.
U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson granted the family a 10-day temporary restraining order on June 5.
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who has championed the girl’s cause, said in a statement that he was deeply grateful to the unidentified organ donor and his or her family.
“Now that a suitable donor has been found, a prayer would help, too – a prayer Sarah’s body accepts the new organ the way doctors believe it can,” he said.
“The judge gave Sarah a chance to receive a new lung,” he said. “Now the surgical team at CHOP is giving her a chance at life.”
A spokeswoman for Children’s Hospital said the hospital was not releasing any details in order to protect patient privacy.
People with COPD also need help when travelling, going on holiday and visit OxygenWorldwide for assistance when planning your future travels http://www.oxygenworldwide.com/en/services.html.

Wiki Know-how for Oxygen and travel

Oxygen was known to be the only element that supports respiration as early as 1800 and was first used in the medical field in 1810. However, it took about 150 years for the gas to be used throughout medicine. In the early to mid 20th century oxygen therapy became rational and scientific, and today modern medicine could not be practiced without the support that oxygen supplies.
Medical oxygen is used to:

  • provide a basis for virtually all modern anaesthetic techniques
  • restore tissue oxygen tension by improving oxygen availability in a wide range of conditions such as COPD, cyanosis, shock, severe hemorrhage, carbon monoxide poisoning, major trauma, cardiac/respiratory arrest
  • aid resuscitation
  • provide life support for artificially ventilated patients
  • reduce incidence of surgical wound infection
  • aid cardiovascular stability

Read our useful Wiki guide for all the information and explanations to do with travelling with medical oxygen with OxygenWorldwide.

Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing

This may seem like something out of a science fiction movie: researchers have designed microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body, even if you can’t breathe anymore. It’s one of the best medical breakthroughs in recent years, and one that could save millions of lives every year.
The invention, developed by a team at Boston Children’s Hospital, will allow medical teams to keep patients alive and well for 15 to 30 minutes despite major respiratory failure. This is enough time for doctors and emergency personnel to act without risking a heart attack or permanent brain injuries in the patient.
The solution has already been successfully tested on animals under critical lung failure. When the doctors injected this liquid into the patient’s veins, it restored oxygen in their blood to near-normal levels, granting them those precious additional minutes of life.
Particles of fat and oxygen
The particles are composed of oxygen gas pocketed in a layer of lipids, a natural molecule that usually stores energy or serves as a component to cell membranes. Lipids can be waxes, some vitamins, monoglycerides, diglycerides, triglycerides, phospholipids, or—as in this case—fats.
These fatty oxygen particles are about two to four micrometers in size. They are suspended in a liquid solution that can be easily carried and used by paramedics, emergency crews and intensive care personnel. This seemingly magic elixir carries “three to four times the oxygen content of our own red blood cells.”
Similar solutions have failed in the past because they caused gas embolism, rather than oxygenating the cells. According to John Kheir, MD at the Department of Cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital, they solved the problem by using deformable particles, rather than bubbles:
We have engineered around this problem by packaging the gas into small, deformable particles. They dramatically increase the surface area for gas exchange and are able to squeeze through capillaries where free gas would get stuck.
Kheir had the idea of an injected oxygen solution started after he had to treat a little girl in 2006. Because of a lung hemorrhage caused by pneumonia, the girl sustained severe brain injuries which, ultimately, lead to her death before the medical team could place her in a heart-lung machine.
Soon after, Kheir assembled a team of chemical engineers, particle scientists, and medical doctors to work on this idea, which had promising results from the very beginning:
Some of the most convincing experiments were the early ones. We drew each other’s blood, mixed it in a test tube with the microparticles, and watched blue blood turn immediately red, right before our eyes.
It sounds like magic, but it was just the start of what, after years of investigation, became this real life-giving liquid in a bottle.
This is what the future is about. And it’s a beautiful one indeed, one that is arriving earlier than we ever could have expected. I wonder if this would find its way to other uses. I can see it as an emergency injection in a spaceship, for example. But what about getting a shot for diving?
Reference article, Gizmodo [ScienceDaily]
Image by Filip Fluxa/Shutterstock

M.O.V. – Medical Oxygen Vest.©

 M.O.V. –  Medical Oxygen Vest.©

Rutger Berntsen, founder of international company, OxygenWorldwide has designed and named the M.O.V described as a body warmer vest that was based upon the principles of a portable oxygen concentrator (POC).  This medical oxygen vest contains the necessary equipment to provide medical oxygen to the wearer. The vest would be ideal for oxygen users who require a constant supply of medical oxygen and the life line of being able to be mobile and freely move around without the constraints of a more conventional oxygen device. The M.O.V is designed for e.g. young children or active sport users to give the ability to move around more freely such as going to play a game of golf or running around in the playground.
A portable oxygen concentrator (POC) is normally carried around by means of a shoulder strap. This is not convenient when one has to make movements beyond normal walking. The main advantage of the M.O.V. is that the weight of the equipment in the vest is equally divided over two sides located under the arm pits. The fact that the equipment is ‘concealed’ inside the vest could take away the burden of having to carry around a medical device, which to many medical oxygen users indicates the appearance that you are in fact a ‘patient’. Flexible solar panels are placed on the chest and back of the vest to provide (at this stage) power to the display panel. To make the system fully operational the batteries should (at this stage) be charged by plugging into a AC outlet.
For more information and/or a 3D animation contact: rutgerberntsen@oxygenworldwide.com

Oxygen Travel in Irene's care

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Name: Irene
1 year anniversary at OxygenWorldwide
Nationality: Dutch
Loves: to take away customer worries and make them feel free to travel anywhere anytime in the world

Hi, my name is Irene and I joined the OxygenWorldwide team in October 2011.
I come from the Netherlands and moved to Spain in 2002, to take care of my mother who suffered from dementia. In May 2011 she passed away at the blessed age of 93 years. I now care for three dogs, of which two were stray. In my spare time I enjoy taking my dogs on hikes through the stunning mountains or along the beach. I have a keen interest in nature and take part in several environmental groups.
What I find the most interesting and satisfying whilst working at OxygenWorldwide is that from one place I can help people from all over the world with their need for oxygen, to take away their worries and make them feel free to travel anywhere and at anytime. It feels like being a spider in a web, able to reach all corners of the world.
On a Sunday afternoon once I received a phone call from a patient who was on holiday in Gran Canaria with a portable oxygen concentrator that had broken down. He had already contacted his insurance company back home, but they couldn´t help him any further. It took some urgent calling and emailing, but I managed to find a replacement first thing Monday morning, this shows how quickly we can help our customers in a time of need.
There was another occasion recently from a customer who´s portable concentrator broke down just the evening before his flight back home. He did manage to get something for during the flight, but he was so afraid he wouldn´t make it through the night! That same evening we managed to deliver a concentrator to where he was staying, so he could have a good night´s sleep and be fit for his journey home.
The strangest request I think was from a patient who wanted to rent a portable oxygen concentrator in Singapore, to be shipped to Japan, so he could take it on his holiday to Singapore and back to Japan again, to then ship it back to Singapore!
If I ever get the chance to travel, I would like to see a lot of places, so I think I would opt for a world cruise… in fact, I might book a permanent place, instead of going into an old people´s home when i retire!
I am very proud to be celebrating 20 years of OxygenWorldwide this year and hope to be helping more people travel this year.
Contact me at info@oxygenworldwide.com for further details and information on travelling with medical oxygen abroad or visit www.oxygenworldwide.com to enquire or read more about our team and how we have been supporting customers for 20 years.

Oxygen Travel in Sophie's care

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Name: Sophie
3 year anniversary at OxygenWorldwide
Nationality: Belgium
Loves: speaking different languages and being able to communicate with customers from around the world

My name is Sophie Proot and I have been part of the Oxygenworldwide team since September 2010.
I was born in Belgium and have been living in Spain since 1998. Eager to discover other countries, I left Belgium first towards England and after France and Greece, I finally ended up in Spain.
In my search for a new job, possibly in another foreign country, I came across a job offer at OxygenWorldwide. Since the day I joined OxygenWorldwide, each day of my life has been a voyage. Today e.g. we started by finishing off a delivery for a patient travelling to India, next you attend to a patients request for Spain, and before you know it you are talking to your colleagues in Chile regarding the next patient travelling to Santiago.
In my previous job, I had come across the services of OxygenWorldwide who at the time was called Care O2. I remember I had experienced it as a quick, swift and friendly service.
Now I have the opportunity to live the experience and on a global level, it makes it oh so much more interesting and exciting. What I get out of the job for myself? To have contact with people all over the world and to communicate in many different languages. Towards the patients, it feels nice to assist them towards achieving the same dream I have myself, which is travelling. When a patient inquires about whether it is possible to travel with O2, it is great being able to simply answer “yes, of course” when really the person enquiring taught this phone call was the beginning of a long and hard search for a solution.
The strangest or most surprising thing I came across during the time I have been working with the company is that, recently a patient enquired by phone. Whilst waiting for my reply, the patient said: “somebody is happy at her job!” I said: Why? The lady replied: “you were singing!” Well, this lady was right!
If I could book to go any part in the world I would choose to travel to Patagonia.
I feel proud and lucky to be part of a company which has quality and service as its top priority and hope to be part of the OxygenWorldwide team for many more years providing a carefree holiday for many people.
I am very proud to be celebrating 20 years of OxygenWorldwide this year and hope to be helping more people travel this year.
Contact me at info@oxygenworldwide.com for further details and information on travelling with medical oxygen abroad or visit www.oxygenworldwide.com to enquire or read more about our team and how we have been supporting customers for 20 years.

Oxygen Travel in Els's care


Name: Els
7 year anniversary at OxygenWorldwide
Nationality: Dutch
Loves: my job!

How long I have been with OxygenWorldwide? To tell you the truth, I cannot even remember and had to look it up… And do you know why? Because I have such a wonderful job and time flies!
But now I know: I have been with OxygenWorldwide since April 2006. Yes, I am one of the oldies… I am married and I have lived in many different countries. So, yes, I speak several languages. But that goes for everyone in our team. We believe it is important for our patients that they can communicate in their own language and we hear from them that is appreciated.
The job is very diverse, in a way you travel the whole world in a few hours: from Spain to Poland, from Germany to Hawaii and from New York to Dubai. And you get in touch with so many different people.
The most interesting experience was when I met one of our patients in person. He invited me for a cup of coffee when he was on holiday not too far from where I live. He had been using our services for many, many years. It was good to see how much he enjoyed being able to go on holiday, even though he was in need of oxygen. And we make that possible! That gives you a good feeling!
If I could choose where I would like to go one day for holiday: Down under, Australia, here I come!
I am very proud to be celebrating 20 years of OxygenWorldwide this year and hope to be helping more people travel this year.
Contact me at info@oxygenworldwide.com for further details and information on travelling with medical oxygen abroad or visit www.oxygenworldwide.com to enquire or read more about our team and how we have been supporting customers for 20 years.