Facing a mask reality…

Face coverings have now become quite normal when you leave the house for essential journeys, work or to go to the supermarket. Is this the new normal when it comes to Coronavirus as well as social distancing and washing hands?

For those with a respiratory condition or disease it can be uncomfortable but it is bearable and face masks are there to protect one another from catching any infection when passing people even outside queueing or coming into contact with those you do not normally meet. Some people may be exempt due to their conditions but being extra careful outside the house as masks can help to stop infections spreading.

If you have any doubts read your local government or state website for full details on rules, restrictions and regulations where you live. Any other doubts concerned with your health condition then please ask your doctor for more advice.

If you require medical oxygen to assist your breathing then OxygenWorldwide are still on hand if you would like to contact us for any needs of supplying medical oxygen.

Face masks & coverings – on or off?

Face coverings are becoming part of the everyday outfit now for most European citizens. Many have been advised to wear these face coverings to protect yourself and others. The UK has just announced that they must too wear a face covering when go into a shop or supermarket or they will be fined. There are several arguments for and against’on or off’,
what do you think?

Here are a few of the outlined arguments against:

  • Wearing a mask may inhibit breathing for those who already have respiratory problems
  • Dirty masks (as people may not wash them) can help spread more germs
  • It makes people feel invincible and therefore defeats the object

Here are a few of the outlined arguments for:

  • Protect yourself and others from catching anything infectious
  • Duty of care to health workers to keep safe at all times
  • China has already had wearing masks as a norm – even stylish that now it is selfish to not wear a mask especially if you feel ill, plus protects people from pollution

Let us know your opinion in the comments…

YES – You find it MORE SAFE to travel now nearly everybody has to wear a face mask or covering
NO – Although other people wear face masks or coverings, you may feel this puts you off and won’t travel as it does NOT make you feel safer than before.

Which Oxygen Breathing System Is Best For Me?

Nasal Cannulas
Nasal Cannulas tend to be popular as they can be used for their simplicity and patient convenience.

Nasal Cannula prevents re-breathing of expired air and are comfortable for long periods of time.
There is increased patient compliance with a nasal cannula as patients are able to speak, eat and drink more easily as the mouth isn’t covered. It is smaller and more discrete and patient’s are more likely to wear it continuously.
Local irritation and dermatitis may occur if you are being prescribed a high flow rate of oxygen. The use of humidified oxygen is recommended with its use to reduce the dryness of the mucosal wall in the nasal cavities, particularly when using flows of greater than 4 l/min. They can withstand flow rates of 1-9 L/min up to 40% oxygen.
If you want to move around a lot some patients find that the tubing can slip off from around the ears or that they can rub the cheeks and ears, although special tube cushioning can be supplied to reduce this.
Face masks
Many patients prefer the traditional face mask.
There are a few different types of face masks but the basic principle is the same. They deliver a higher rate of oxygen than cannulas;  up to 15 L/min of oxygen and up to 60% oxygen concentration, depending upon the patient’s breathing and tidal volume.
They are normally soft and mould easily to the face, although they should be fitted to ensure that they do fit your face properly and that there are no gaps where the mask doesn’t meet the face properly as the oxygen will escape through these gaps.
They have head straps or ear loops to allow easy fitting and removal. The clear ones allow others to visually spot any indications that you are in difficulty.
Most masks are careful to direct the oxygen directly into the nostrils and not upwards towards the eyes which can cause eye irritation. Some face masks have a horizontal tube to further reduce this risk.
References: http://www.flexicare.com and http://www.christie.nhs.uk