Oxygen after Covid

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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.

Flying with Transavia?

aeroplane in sunset sky

Transavia airline’s website now describes how you can pre-order and request medical oxygen for your flight. This would be at a cost of 75€ per 400 Litres. This could be a great sign that other airlines will follow suit. Here the cost is clear for anyone needing this requirement. The airline simply request the following conditions:

  • You are able to operate the device yourself.
    Or you are travelling together with someone (aged 16 or over) who can provide assistance.
  • You require a signed medical certificate in English from an independent physician or specialist.
    The required number of litres of oxygen per minute is stated. The certificate must also state whether the oxygen is on stand-by or continuous. The medical certificate must be issued no later than 7 days before the departure of your flight and is required for all flights to and from the Netherlands.
  • You require less than 1,500 litres of oxygen per flight.
    If you require more oxygen, it is not possible to fly due to safety regulations.
  • You may not use your own oxygen bottles in the plane.
    You may take empty oxygen containers with you for use at the destination. These will be transported as hold luggage.
  • Oxygen can only be requested for flights departing and arriving at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Eindhoven Airport.
    Please note that extra oxygen tanks cannot be requested for flights departing from and arriving in Belgium and France. One exception to this is the Amsterdam-Paris (Orly) route

Please read full details over on their website: https://www.transavia.com/help/en-eu/medical-services-assistance/flying-with-extra-oxygen/request-extra-oxygen

Life saving oxygen therapy – how it began…

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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.

Websites Google doesn’t show you…

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.

https://link.springer.com – Access to more than 10 million scientific documents: books, articles, and research protocols.

www.bioline.org.br – A library of scientific bioscience journals published in developing countries.

http://repec.org – Volunteers from 102 countries have collected almost 4 million publications on economics and related science.

www.science.gov – An American state search engine on 2200+ scientific sites. More than 200 million articles are indexed.

www.pdfdrive.com – The largest website for free download of books in PDF format. Claiming over 225 million names.

www.base-search.net – One of the most powerful researches on academic studies texts. More than 100 million scientific documents, 70% of them are free.

Let us know in the comments if this was useful – some great reading out there waiting to be discovered.

Summer breathing

Summer is here and especially in the UK this year there seems to be an increase in pollen and airborne allergies this summer. The sun is certainly appearing this year but so are the sneezes, itchy eyes, runny noses and also with this comes breathing difficulties.

If you feel short of breathe, cough more than usual or have a tight sensation in your chest this is usually a sign of allergy asthma.

If you are experiencing any symptoms visit your local GP to get diagnosed to receive the correct treatment.

Some allergy sufferers may struggle to breathe and need supplemental oxygen to help maintain a normal daily routine and life abilities such as walking outside or climbing the stairs at home.

If you are suffering this summer more than usual then book an appointment at your local surgery who can best recommend and enjoy summer whilst it is here. Lighter evenings and warmer weather encourages more walking, better diets and mentally being outside is proven it really helps with wellness.

If you do require any medical oxygen to travel abroad then use the contact form on this blog for further details.

Medical oxygen and travel

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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.

Just remember:

  • 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

5 steps to easy travel with oxygen

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These steps have been updated from a popular blog published in 2012.

The 5 steps to successful travel

#1 First start with speaking with your doctor so you are “fit to fly”. You will not be able to carry your own medical oxygen containers on-board with you, so you will have to use oxygen provided by the airlines for the duration of the flight.

#2 Secondly we would suggest you call the airline directly advance of your flight. Ask to speak with special services or the medical department to check requirements.

#3 Next, confirm that you meet the requirements of the carrier and that they can provide the flow of air you need and whether or not they will provide you with a nasal cannula or mask.

# 4 Confirm all of your arrangements by phone at least 48 hours before your flight boards and make sure to go over all of the rules and regulations that the airlines give you. Typically, the airlines will direct you to a website with rules for those traveling with medical oxygen or they will send you a pamphlet in the post.

# 5 Then of course if you are not travelling via aeroplane then these same steps apply if you are traveling by train or cruise ship. Coordinate with your common carrier beforehand to avoid headaches. If cruising, make sure to contact the company prior to purchasing tickets, since many cruise lines will not allow oxygen tanks on board.

If you would like assistance with arranging all your travel medical oxygen needs then please do contact Oxygen Worldwide today. Our team are open 24 hours, 7 days a week and also speak many languages.

Enjoy your travels!

Holidays with oxygen therapy

This is possible. It does not have to be stressful and out you off from venturing further afield. Although you will need to organise and have more preparations it will all be worth it for exploring other countries, making memories and meeting up with others across the globe.

The main top tips from our experts are:

  1. Speak to your doctor first and make sure you are fit to fly
  2. Speak with your mode of transport company either the airline, ferry or train company with your requirements
  3. Contact the team at @oxygenworldwide either online or via telephone
  4. Arrangement for your destination can be arranged, organised and quoted from the OxygenWorldwide team who have been doing this for over 20 years
  5. There is also a 24 hour service so you have no worries whilst abroad
  6. Relax, pack and plan your itinerary for your trip
  7. Time to get excited!

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.

5 things to know if its safe to travel to right now

travel safely

Travel has certainly been up and down the last couple of years. Since COVID restrictions started to ease and travel became easier the industry has seen a high demand for those wanting and needing to travel. Everyone wants to explore new destinations and also see family again. Now with the Ukraine and Russia invasion travellers may be left confused, worried or unsure if travel can still go ahead – especially is in European countries.

What travellers need to know is:

  1. You are still safe to travel to other European countries at the moment
  2. Please still do update yourself with current coronavirus rules for the country you are travelling to
  3. For neighbouring countries to Ukraine please be aware that many of these places have had an influx of refugees and emergency support set up to help
  4. Keep up to date with the news just in case of any air space changes
  5. Don’t cancel your travel plans just yet; especially as air lines may see an increase in fuel prices which will in turn be passed onto the customer

If you are also travelling with medical oxygen please do speak to to @oxygenworldwide team for current guidance and support for your trip.