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:
You are still safe to travel to other European countries at the moment
Please still do update yourself with current coronavirus rules for the country you are travelling to
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
Keep up to date with the news just in case of any air space changes
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.
If you are looking to take the chill out of the winter this year – visit one of the below destinations for a quick getaway or short break in Europe. Many cities only a few hours away have spectacular streets, galleries. museums and winter is perfect. These months tend to be quieter as it is off-peak season so even easier for you to wander, see and explore plus at a cheaper price for you holiday abroad. If you are travelling with medical oxygen please do contact us at OxygenWorldwide to help arrange all your medical oxygen needs to your desired destination.
Cyprus – still quite a warm temperature if you are looking for some warmer sunshine
Berlin – an deal city for anyone that is an eplorer
Seville – perfect part to take in the culture and its decor
Canary Islands – also known for winter sun breaks and popular with UK travellers
Morocco – for those wanting some exotic culture, amazing architecture then Marrakesh is closer than you think for a quick getaway
Lockdown is easing within the UK. Travel is now back on the map but what is the traffic light system, how does it work and where can I go?
The new traffic light system is divided into green, amber and red which all have different rules and regulations on quarantine, testing and entry requirements.
As of May 17th 2021
Green: A test is required up to 72 hours before returning to the UK One PCR test on or before day two of arrival in England or Wales No quarantine unless a test is positive.
The countries at time of this article are:
Portugal Israel Singapore Australia New Zealand Brunei Iceland Gibraltar Falkland Islands Faroe Islands South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands St Helena, Tristan de Cunha, Ascension Island
Amber: One pre-departure test. Quarantine at home for 10 days on arrival in England or Wales PCR test required on days two and eight of quarantine Amber countries include: Spain Greece France, and many more in Europe
Red: One pre-departure test On arrival, passengers must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days PCR test required on days two and eight of quarantine These countries include: Maldives Turkey Nepal Brazil South Africa India
For medical oxygen users you will still require to plan in advance and the earlier the better to make sure your requirement for supplementary oxygen can be arranged, organised and agreed. The OxygenWorldwide team can take all your details and send a proposal over to you. Any queries when travelling with medical oxygen can be asked with our teams.
Contact our team here for your medical oxygen travel needs and up to date information. As we are aware the rules and regulations will change as well as the traffic light system and its countries within it.
Those autumnal vibes are really starting to kick in now and it gives many of us the appetite to explore the great outdoors! If you spent the last few months not travelling then maybe now it is a chance to get a small trip in from a local night away, city break or week long adventure – the choice is yours.
Here are the 3 top places which you can travel to in Europe right now:
Cyprus – Here you do need to provide a negative COVID test 3 days prior if from the UK, but you can still travel here and enjoy the great east Mediterranean winter sun right now. This is a great choice if you are looking for some last-minute warmth plus of the mythical beauty and history.
Germany – there are no regulations from the EU so this makes the perfect place to travel to and explore its culture and many choices. From mountains and rivers to beaches and great beer! The choice is yours to discover somewhere new this autumn.
Italy – Full of beautiful and stunning areas it may be hard to choose and of course the great dining culture makes a perfect place to enjoy, relax and explore. From small towns and clifftop villages to the more well known regions you are spoilt for choice not to forget great vineyards and pasta!
Please note most countries update their lists weekly so please do check before booking on all travel requirements and regulations or restrictions depending on what country you are departing from.
To have our help with arranging your next adventure with medical oxygen – please just get in touch by phone, email or via our website here
Autumn brings colour, seasons and change from the beach-filled tourism feel. After this summer seemed to come and go so fast and many of us not opting to go away, now is the perfect time to getaway before the end of the year. There is so much to explore, see and do even when travelling with medical oxygen.
An interesting and unique paper has been researched and published, ‘Explaining Adherence to Supplemental Oxygen Therapy:The Patient’s Perspective’ by Mark A Earnest. It looks at a group of COPD sufferers and investigates their use of oxygen therapy and the factors behind their varying adherence to their treatment regime.
For many people the level of adherence changes with time and reflects their struggle to manage their health, symptoms, physical ability and social issues. However adherence to oxygen therapy tended to increase with time as the realisation becomes apparent that a little compromise to lifestyle is required in order to reap the full benefits of oxygen therapy.
The barriers include the physical difficulty of using the oxygen, self-consciousness and a sense of social stigma, lack of perceived benefit, and fear of side effects from treatment.
The benefits far outweigh these barriers as supplemental oxygen therapy reduces mortality, improves sleep quality and general comfort, increases exercise tolerance, reduces pulmonary hypertension, normalizes heart rhythm patterns and improves cognitive brain function such as memory, intelligence, motor skills and perceptual motor ability.
The pattern of oxygen use adopted by any individual reflects their personal experiences and values and their efforts to optimally manage their lives. Four main areas affect adherence: functional management, health management, social management, and symptom management.
This is juggling the difficulty caused by weight and bulk, the perception that it hinders performing certain tasks with the benefit of improved fitness, strength, stamina and increased ability to perform these tasks.
Individuals voiced concerns that they feared nasal dryness, nosebleeds and light-headedness. That they thought they may become addicted to it or that their lungs would become weakened.
These fears diminished as a result of personal experience. A realisation that the health benefits outweighed these fears and experience via an increase in use during episodes or on advice from a doctor.
Social concerns relating to oxygen use, including embarrassment, self-consciousness, fear of burdening or inconveniencing others, concerns about appearing weak or sick, and a sense of shame, both about prior smoking and accepting dependence on a substance such as oxygen.
These elements tended to evolve over time. Some were able to overcome their fears or sense of self-consciousness by simply returning to a normal routine with family and friends. The desire to preserve independence and retain a high physical function and socialising helped them to overcome anysense of isolation and embarrassment. One woman described how,she felt once she followed her oxygen therapy fully:
‘It opened a whole new vista for me. All of a sudden I was getting more active. I was doing the grocery shopping, and the laundry, and driving, and just becoming self-sufficient, which was what I used to do. I started volunteering then (in the rehab program) as a way of thanking them, you know, for saving my life.’ (Female, age 69)
The realisation that in most cases oxygen therapy helped to alleviate symptoms which resulted in a greater adherence to the treatment.
Every participant in the study described some sense of compromise in the decisions they made regarding their use of oxygen. For most, the compromises were viewed as minimal or had been minimized by time and experience. In the four areas most patients realise that any uncertainties, fears or slight inconveniences in their lives were all far-outweighed by the benefits from oxygen therapy and adapted their lifestyles over time and through experiences and research, which generally resulted in an increased adherence to the treatment.
References: http://erj.ersjournals.com and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Needing medical oxygen in your life is not the end of getting around, travel, seeing the world or having fantastic vacations to the city breaks in Europe, long haul to live the dream (for 2 weeks at least) in the U. S of A. Wherever you decide to fly to and visit all you need is careful planning and Oxygen Worldwide.
Travelling as an oxygen user dependent on a source of oxygen, means that you will probably have lots of questions when thinking about going abroad – or you may never thought you could. Luckily, Oxygen Worldwide can help, advise and guide you to all those answers when it comes to travelling with oxygen, who deal with organising travel with oxygen 365 days of the year.
But who are we?
Below is a short introduction to our company, the team and what we do and our speciality is due to our knowledge, success and partnership relationships with a network of suppliers across the globe.
Oxygen Worldwide is a company under Dutch management established in 1993.
Oxygen Worldwide is based in Spain and operates internationally.
Our objective is to make travel for those who need oxygen as carefree as possible.
All Oxygen Worldwide employees are multilingual. Our customer service staff speaks four languages.
Oxygen Worldwide arranges oxygen delivery worldwide for oxygen users on holiday or staying abroad for a longer period of time, also in case of a tour through several countries.
Oxygen Worldwide arranges oxygen for individual users, insurance agencies, emergency centres and oxygen suppliers in your home country. Oxygen Worldwide delivers liquid oxygen (LOX), cylinders and concentrators.
Oxygen Worldwide has an international network of oxygen suppliers and works with associates worldwide.
If you have any question or would like to speak with us do not hesitate to contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a few grains of the newly synthesized material could allow us to stay underwater without scuba tanks
Using specially synthesized crystalline materials, scientists from the University of Southern Denmark have created a substance that is able to absorb and store oxygen in such high concentrations that just one bucketful is enough to remove all of the oxygen in a room. The substance is also able to release the stored oxygen in a controlled manner when it is needed, so just a few grains could replace the need for divers to carry bulky scuba tanks.
The key component of the new material is the element cobalt, which is bound in a specially designed organic molecule. In standard form – and depending on the available oxygen content, the ambient temperature, and the barometric pressure – the absorption of oxygen by the material from its surroundings may take anything from seconds to days.
“An important aspect of this new material is that it does not react irreversibly with oxygen – even though it absorbs oxygen in a so-called selective chemisorptive process,” said Professor Christine McKenzie from the University of Southern Denmark. “The material is both a sensor, and a container for oxygen – we can use it to bind, store, and transport oxygen – like a solid artificial hemoglobin.”
The crystalline material changes color when absorbing or releasing oxygen: black when saturated, pink when oxygen released (Photo: University of Denmark)
Varying the constituent structure of the material can also bind and release oxygen at different rates. This means it could be used to regulate oxygen supply in fuel cells or create devices like face masks that use layers of the material to provide pure oxygen to a person directly from the air, without the need of other equipment.
Even more interestingly, the material may also be configured in a device that could absorb oxygen directly from water and allow a diver to stay submerged for long periods of time,withoutthe need for bulky air tanks.
“This could be valuable for lung patients who today must carry heavy oxygen tanks with them,” explains Professor McKenzie. “But also divers may one day be able to leave the oxygen tanks at home and instead get oxygen from this material as it ‘filters’ and concentrates oxygen from surrounding air or water. A few grains contain enough oxygen for one breath, and as the material can absorb oxygen from the water around the diver and supply the diver with it, the diver will not need to bring more than these few grains.”
Using x-ray diffraction techniques to peer inside the atomic arrangement of the material when it had been filled with oxygen, the scientists realized that once the oxygen has been absorbed it can be stored in the material until it is released by heating the material gently or subjecting it to a vacuum.
“We see release of oxygen when we heat up the material, and we have also seen it when we apply vacuum,” said Professor McKenzie. “We are now wondering if light can also be used as a trigger for the material to release oxygen – this has prospects in the growing field ofartificial photosynthesis.”
There’s no word as yet on any possible commercial production or public availability of the material.
The research was published in the journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry,Chemical Science.
Source:University of Southern Denmark.
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
provide life support for artificially ventilated patients