Medical oxygen and you

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Home oxygen treatment involves breathing high concentrations of oxygen from a cylinder or machine in your home.
The main purpose of home oxygen treatment is to raise your blood oxygen to a level that prevents such harm. It also helps relieve breathlessness and other symptoms of low blood oxygen, such as ankle swelling and blue lips.

How home oxygen treatment can help

Breathing air with a higher concentration of oxygen can help increase the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes it easier to do activities that might otherwise be more difficult. It also helps reduce the symptoms mentioned above.
Oxygen therapy can help people with a range of health conditions that affect breathing or blood circulation, including:

  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – a long-term disease of the lungs
  • severe long-term asthma
  • cystic fibrosis – an inherited disease that causes the lungs to become clogged with thick, sticky mucus
  • pulmonary hypertension – high pressure inside the arteries to the lungs, which causes damage to the right-hand side of the heart
  • obstructive sleep apnoea – a condition that causes interrupted breathing during sleep
  • diseases of the nerves and muscles or ribcage
  • heart failure – when the heart struggles to pump enough blood around the body

People who have oxygen therapy have different requirements. Some people only need oxygen therapy for short periods during the day, when they’re walking about (ambulatory oxygen). Others need it for longer periods and during the night.
Oxygen concentrator machineAn oxygen concentrator machine is convenient if you would benefit from having oxygen for a large number of hours a day, including while you’re asleep. It ensures you have a source of oxygen that never runs out.
A back-up cylinder of oxygen is also provided in case the machine breaks down. Regular maintenance visits will be made to make sure the concentrator is always working properly.
Portable cylinders can provide oxygen at a rate of 2 litres or 4 litres a minute, or have an adjustable scale up to 4 litres a minute. The flow required is determined by your lung specialist or the oxygen service healthcare professional. When full, these cylinders weigh just over five pounds (2.3kg) and hold just under two hours of oxygen (at 2 litres a minute).

Going on holiday

If you are going on holiday in England or abroad you can make arrangements to have home oxygen supplied to you at your destination. Before you arrange your holiday, check with your doctor that you are well enough to travel.
For more information visit OxygenWorldwide or speak to one of our advisors

Use Medical Oxygen? Warm those muscles

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We all know that exercising is important for a healthy lifestyle, so get out there and get moving! But before you get too far, remember to warm up your muscles by stretching. Flexibility exercises can help loosen up your body, helping you to feel better and more comfortable on a daily basis. You should stretch before all physical activity, even walking. So follow these simple steps to a more flexible body.
 If you feel pain, stop immediately and consult your physician or therapist. Never bounce while stretching; make steady movements that help your muscles stretch naturally.
Leg stretch: Sit in a chair with your legs bent in front of you. Straighten your right leg as much as possible without locking your knee. Lengthen your spine then lean forward reaching your hands toward your feet. Hold the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds, then rest and repeat with a flexed foot. Repeat the routine on your left side.
Chest Stretch: Begin by standing with your arms at your side and feet shoulder-width apart. Extend both arms behind your back and clasp your hands together, if possible. Stop when you feel a good stretch or sense discomfort. Hold this position for 20 to 30 seconds, then rest and repeat.
Quadriceps Stretch: Stand next to a sturdy chair or a counter with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Use the left hand to hold onto the chair or counter for balance. Slowly, bend your right knee back grabbing your right ankle with your right hand until your thigh is straight up and down. Do not lean forward or backward, but stand up straight. (If you can’t grasp your ankle in your hand, just keep your leg as close to perpendicular as possible and hold the bend, or place your foot on the seat of a chair.) Hold the stretch for 30 seconds then repeat on the left side.
Don’t worry if you can’t touch your toes or stretch as far as others, just do your best and improve over time.

Simple, safe oxygen solutions

The presence of portable, medical oxygen in the home has grown over the past decade — and so has the need for education about the fire hazards associated with its use.

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Medical oxygen adds a higher percentage of oxygen to the air a patient uses to breathe. And fire needs oxygen to burn and if a fire should start in an oxygen-enriched area, the material burning will burn more quickly. When more oxygen is present, any fire that starts will burn hotter and faster than usual, it is crucial to follow safety precautions when medical oxygen is in use in a home.
Oxygen saturates fabric-covered furniture, clothing, hair and bedding, making it easier for a fire to start and spread, according to the regulator. Smoking is the leading heat source resulting in medical oxygen-related fires, injuries and deaths. Homes where medical oxygen is used need specific fire safety rules to protect people from fire and burns.
Simple, safety tips:
• There is no safe way to smoke in the home when oxygen is in use. Patients on oxygen should not smoke.
• Candles, matches, wood stoves and even sparking toys can be ignition sources and should not be used in the home.
• Keep oxygen cylinders at least five feet from heat sources, open flames or electrical devices.
• Body oil, hand lotion and items containing oil and grease can easily ignite. Keep oil and grease away from where oxygen is in use.
• Never use aerosol sprays containing combustible materials near the oxygen.
• Post “No Smoking” and “No Open Flames” signs in and outside the home to remind people not to smoke.
• Ensure smoke alarms are working by testing monthly. Daylight saving time weekends are great times to replace smoke alarm batteries. Also consider using 10-year batteries for smoke alarms.
• Practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room at least twice a year.
Stay safe with OxygenWorldwide and our care team – register your portable oxygen concentrator with us today at info@oxygenworldwide.com.

Frequently Asked Q’s #2


What do I need to do in advance to travelling?
If you like to travel but have a medical condition that requires you use an oxygen tank, it’s important that your manage the transporting of your tank appropriately so as to avoid obstacles to your plans. Here are some good rules and regulations to become familiar with prior to traveling with oxygen. As a travel oxygen user it is entirely your responsibility to make yourself aware of your airlines requirements regarding use of portable oxygen concentrators on-board the aircraft. Traveling with oxygen does not have to be a hassle.
Please, do not wait until the last minute to notify the airline you will be traveling with oxygen. All the airlines require some advanced notice. All have their own specific requirements that must be met. Some even require a review of your prescription prior to travel. But with proper planning, traveling with oxygen need not be a daunting experience.
There are different rules for trains, planes and other modes of travel, so review with your specific carrier before bring your oxygen tank on-board. Most common carriers require advance notice, so do not appear at the counter to check- in unless you have contacted them earlier about your tank.  Some airlines require only 48 hours advance notice while others require seven days. The best rule of thumb is make arrangements as far in advance as possible. All airlines charge for oxygen, but the charges vary. Some charge per canister, but most charge per for each leg of the flight.
The 5 steps to successful travel
#1 Contact your doctor/GP to make sure it is safe for you to be traveling with your medical condition, and if the oxygen tank that you use is also safe for travel. You will not be able to bring your own oxygen on-board with you, so you will have to use oxygen provided by the airlines for the duration of the flight.
#2 Call the airline that you plan to travel in advance of your flight. Ask to speak with special services or the medical department of the carrier in order to make arrangements for to be able bring your tank on board.
#3 Make sure that you confirm that you meet the requirements of the carrier. Confirm with them 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.
# 5 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.
For all you medical oxygen needs please contact Oxygen Worldwide today and also register for your FREE back up service whilst abroad. Our team are open 24 hours, 7 days a week and also speak many languages.

Oxygen Worldwide helps to change lives

Kiva  – a charity that empowers people around the world with a $25 loan.

Oxygen Worldwide helps Kiva make a difference
Oxygen Worldwide helps Kiva make a difference

 
At Oxygen Worldwide we have chosen our to loan people money who are in developing countries and wihing to start a new business, buy some more stock or go out to work. This money then helps people to get off their feet and make a livelihood for themselves and their famliles. Below is our latest update on how our money has been spent:

Repayments for loans that have ended

Marcelina Pirir Mendez (#361092)

Country: Guatemala
Activity: Arts
You Loaned: $25.00
Newly Repaid: $17.70
Total Repaid So Far: $25.00 (100.00% of your loan)
Repayment Status: Paid back

Repayments for loans that are paying back

Phan’s Group (#285417)

Country: Cambodia
Activity: Pigs
You Loaned: $25.00
Newly Repaid: $1.39
Total Repaid So Far: $13.89 (55.56% of your loan)
Repayment Status: Paying back on time
Marys Aminta Paredes Perez (#331135)

Country: Nicaragua
Activity: Clothing Sales
You Loaned: $25.00
Newly Repaid: $2.08
Total Repaid So Far: $10.63 (42.52% of your loan)
Repayment Status: Paying back on time
Dukerebuke Group (#375056)

Country: Burundi
Activity: Liquor Store / Off-License
You Loaned: $25.00
Newly Repaid: $8.34
Total Repaid So Far: $8.34 (33.36% of your loan)
Repayment Status: Paying back on time
Sabah (#353082)

Country: Iraq
Activity: Food Market
You Loaned: $25.00
Newly Repaid: $4.17
Total Repaid So Far: $4.17 (16.68% of your loan)
Repayment Status: Paying back on time

Best Wishes,
Kiva Staff
To find out more about how you can help please see Kiva’s websites and community here:

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SOS – Simple Oxygen Solutions

WHO should register?
If you intend to travel with a portable concentrator and want to be sure alternative oxygen can be supplied in case you encounter problems with your oxygen device you can register below for this service at no cost!WHY register?
First of all for your peace of mind and secondly to enable us to work out and inform you if we can provide the service you might require in the place and country where you will be going. Although we generally will be able to help you without a pre-registration we can act faster if we have already your details in our database.WHEN to register?
Any time but the earlier the better as you might want to travel to a certain area where we need to check on availability.
WHO do I call?
In case of an emergency you simply call our 24 hour S.O.S. service on ++ 34 609 657 727
Questions?
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Oxygen Worldwide can, if needed, also arrange oxygen at your destination before your arrival.
Registration form for S.O.S. service
There is no charge for this registration

More than just medical oxygen provider

Empower people around the world

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As Oxygen Worldwide we are a medical oxygen supplier for people traveling on holiday, business or to visit family and friends from Italy, Croatia, France to Portugal, Czech republic, Poland and Japan – to name a few countries of the world!
But even in our busy schedule as we are a business that operates a service 365 days of the year and 24 hours; since 2007 we help change lives and this was one of our latest donation:
This is an update on your loan to Marys Aminta Paredes Perez in Nicaragua.
Thanks to you and 27 other Kiva Lenders, the $900.00 loan request in Nicaragua has been 100% funded.
This loan will be used for the purpose of: to buy underwear, pants, blouses, dresses, suits, camisoles and skirts.
Over the 14 months of this loan, Kiva’s Field Partner in Nicaragua, Fundación Leon 2000, will be collecting repayments from this entrepreneur and posting progress updates on the Kiva website:
http://www.kiva.org/lend/331135
Thanks for lending to the world’s working poor on Kiva!
Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. You can lend as little as $25 to a borrower that you choose.
I wanted to let you know about Kiva (www.kiva.org), a non-profit that allows you to lend as little as $25 to a specific low-income entrepreneur across the globe.
You choose who to lend to – whether a baker in Afghanistan, a goat herder in Uganda, a farmer in Peru, a restaurateur in Cambodia, or a tailor in Iraq – and as they repay their loan, you get your money back. It’s a powerful and sustainable way to empower someone right now to lift themselves out of poverty.
Find out how Kiva works and watch the below video:


How Kiva Works from Kiva on Vimeo.
Join me on Kiva. A $25 loan can change a life! http://kiva.org/i/M0qlohT4I

Working nine to five with oxygen

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The working population of the world today spend far more time in an office at a desk. Spending long periods of time in the same position in a desk chair can cause your circulation to slow down. Your muscles aren’t getting enough oxygen, and that often results in muscle tension.
Working nine to five everyday may cause stress, but when you take a holiday or vacation how relaxed do you feel? Imagine if this was made harder because you rely on oxygen to breathe?
Oxygen is a vital element that helps us to remain healthy and young – Oxygen Worldwide provide that essential life-line with arranging medical oxygen to our population when travelling across seas and oceans and to feel that they can still see the world.
Oxygen Worldwide is specialised in the supply of medical oxygen when you have to travel with special needs. Look for more information about oxygen, delivery worldwide and portable concentrators on our website or contact us.

Oxygen Worldwide takes a deep breath into the ocean

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deep breathe in to the ocean

Oysters breathe too, using both gills and mantle. The mantle is lined with many small, thin-walled blood vessels which extract oxygen from the water and expel carbon dioxide. A small, three-chambered heart, lying under the adductor muscle, pumps colourless blood, with its supply of oxygen, to all parts of the body. Oxygen Worldwide supplies medical oxygen to people during travel and this provides a critical service to help people cross the deep oceans to visit different countries across the globe.
An oyster produces a pearl when foreign material becomes trapped inside the shell. The oyster responds to the irritation by producing nacre, a combination of calcium and protein. The nacre coats the foreign material and over time produces a precious pearl.
Oysters are not only a delicacy on some menus across the world, but they’re also one of the most nutritionally well balanced of foods, containing protein, carbohydrates and lipids. Four or five medium size oysters supply the recommended daily allowance of iron, copper, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese and phosphorus. An important part of staying healthy and providing vital nutrients; just is the case in providing portable concentrators and medical oxygen to help our customers travel freely worldwide, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Oxygen Worldwide’s objective is to make travel for those who need supplemental oxygen as carefree as possible. Oxygen Worldwide arranges oxygen delivery worldwide for oxygen users on holiday or vacation.

Making a difference

Oxygen Worldwide helps Kiva make a difference
Oxygen Worldwide helps Kiva make a difference

 The main aim of Oxygen Worldwide is to help the world. We pride ourselves on what we do and how we can help people travel comfortably, seeing to their medical oxygen needs. That is why we support other organisations that, like us, want to make a difference. KIVA is another organisation proud of what they do to help people.
 So what do they do?
Well, the non-profit making group basically wants to give people a chance in life and a chance to shine. Led by 450 volunteers; KIVA offer out loans to families, individuals or even budding entrepreneurs so they can get a head-start in the business world, and why are they doing this? Simple, their grand-plan is to alleviate crippling poverty throughout the world by creating opportunities, and with $208 million loaned out across 59 countries since they were founded in 2005, it’s safe to say that KIVA are making a real difference.
Unlike pretty much every loan lending organisation in the world, KIVA is not your archetypal “loan shark,” far from it. They don’t make a penny from the deals. The short of it is that a loan can be made by anyone, and you can be safe in the knowledge that every penny goes to someone who really needs it. Any loans, or other funds raised through grants, corporate sponsors and foundations, are dealt with by microfinance institutions across five continents – there are 131 of these known as Field Partners. They are the crucial cog as they can pass on a loan to people who don’t have access to a traditional banking system. Once administered by the field partner, the money is released and ready to make a real difference. Not one penny has been lost. KIVA is funded primarily through the support of lenders making optional donations so the deprived amongst us in the world do not miss out.
Oxygen Worldwide are proud supporters of KIVA as they have touched the lives of so many people. We are in the same industry of “making a difference to others”, so for us; the link-up makes perfect sense.
For more information on the ways and means of KIVA please visit www.kiva.org.