Why a contact is so important when on holiday

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OxygenWorldwide arranges medical oxygen for those who require additional oxygen support due to respiratory conditions such as after covid, asthma, COPD just to name a few of the most common.

The team have great expertise and also speak up to 5 languages so are the direct link to enable the correct oxygen to be at the client’s destination at the right time, plus its so important to have a contact locally too.

Accepting the delivery of the equipment and medical oxygen needed is so vital, so it is very critical that their is a contact of where you are staying for example at your hotel, villa or air bnb, if not then delivery will have to be once you have arrived at your destination and then also collected before you leave. This makes things a little awkward especially if you have travel delays and want to settle into your holiday time rather than wait around for a delivery.

To make an enquiry with the team you can enquire with us directly or via the phone. We will need details of your trip and also your prescription of oxygen levels required, contact us here.

Planning your next trip?

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If you are planning a trip and are oxygen dependent, keep these tips in mind when traveling with oxygen:

  • Every airline is different. When making an airline reservation, ask about specific regulations and restrictions that may apply when carrying oxygen on-board your flight.
  • Always schedule a pre-trip medical exam before traveling. Discuss traveling with oxygen with your doctor.
  • Don’t forget to obtain a letter of medical necessity from your doctor during your pre-trip medical exam. This must be carried with you and presented to the airline before you board your plane. Remember, the letter should include your oxygen flow-rate. You may want to make an extra copy and tuck it away in your luggage, in the event you lose your in-hand copy before your return home.
  • Remember that altitude may increase your oxygen requirement. Your prescription for oxygen should reflect this.
  • Don’t forget to carry your medications in your on-board luggage and to carry an adequate supply of COPD rescue inhalers when you travel. It is wise to keep any medications in their original containers, and to bring a note of medical necessity from your doctor.

If you are planning a trip for treatment, business or pleasure, speak to our team or view more useful information and client testimonials www.oxygenworldwide.com

What is portable oxygen

If you need medical oxygen to aid your oxygen intake to your lungs portable oxygen concentrators are provided to use at home and give flexibility to your life and to be able to move around.

The devices brings the air into the device and divides the nitrogen and oxygen to keep it stored ready to be used.

Oxygen tanks are already pre-filled with oxygen and have to be re-filled whereas concentrators can make oxygen. Tanks also run the risk of leakage, which can cause explosions/fires and are heavier and more difficult to move around with.

For more advice on organising your medical oxygen send a quick contact here

What is a HOOF?

A HOOF stands for Home Oxygen Order Form. This paperwork is needed in order for medical professional to give consent for medical oxygen for a patient alongside the consent form. This document is essential for oxygen suppliers such as OxygenWorldwide to order your required oxygen needed for your trip.

By law, patient’s consent is needed to transfer personal information to a recommended supplier and for supply to be sourced and ordered. If no consent, the order will be rejected.

For more information speak with your GP or outpatient clinic in order to obtain the correct information, requirements and give your consent when ordering home oxygen.

Why is medical oxygen a challenge when we want to travel?

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More and more need for medical oxygen especially after more respiratory conditions such as Covid so this service is on the increase. `

  • Always plan in advance so that everything can be arranged for the correct dates of travel with no last minute panics
  • Airlines operate different policies please see you A-Z list here for further details as this can cause problems when booking travel by air
  • Careful arrangements by speaking with the OxygenWorldwide team here to make sure correct oxygen therapy is at your holiday for the duration of your stay

Simply be prepared and plan in advance when traveling with medical oxygen.

Airline Oxygen Index

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It can be difficult to know which airline to choose when you require additional services such as medical oxygen on-board. A fantastic resource has been created below so you have all the information in one place. Please do check directly with the airline before booking as services can change over-time.

Needing medical oxygen to travel needn’t be a worry!

The European Lung Organisation have produced and A-Z of all the airlines, their contact details and services:

https://europeanlung.org/en/information-hub/air-travel/airline-index/

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?

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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.