What is medical oxygen?

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Oxygen therapy, also known as supplemental oxygen, is the use of oxygen as medical treatment. Acute indications for therapy include hypoxemia, carbon monoxide toxicity and cluster headache. It may also be prophylactically given to maintain blood oxygen levels during the induction of anaesthesia. Wikipedia

Medical oxygen as a term has become much more well-known since the pandemic with the crisis of oxygen needed globally due to Covid-19. This form of oxygen allows many patients to have the ability to take in oxygen and be able to do many daily things that we take for granted such as move around, light exercise and even travel with medical oxygen and see the world!

Medical oxygen is prescribed for patients suffering from COPD, chronic asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases.

To read more resources please do visit OxygenWorldwide for information on medical oxygen and travel.


Staying warm and well this winter

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Winter is here. For many its a time to get excited for all the festivities as we warm up for spending time with loved ones, take a break or have some time out to see out the end of another (tough) year. But for many it can anticipate worry, anxiety and even cause for concern if you have a respiratory disease such as asthma, COPD or bronchitis. Many will be short of breath, coughing more or even not wanting to leave the house to avoid worsening conditions especially in times where coughing and having a cold makes many even more wary with Covid-19.

The best advice is to Keep Warm and to Keep Active. These two elements will help you be less severe and stay away from worsening your conditions. And the most important piece of advice is if you are unwell please do speak with you GP or doctor for further advice. Leaving the house may give many anxiety but a short walk in your local area and getting fresh air is so important for your physical and mental health.

Staying warm is important to keep your body temperature up. Carefully plan your ability to keep you house warm, wear extra layers of clothing and even thick socks and long-sleeved tops. Moving about will help to keep your temperature warm and strengthen those lungs which is very important at this time of year.
You may be travelling this winter to visit or be with your family so please do speak with our team for advice and arrangements to allow you one less thing to worry about when arranging medical oxygen on holiday.

3 tips to help manage COPD

With World COPD just passed it is still an important month to continue raising awareness of COPD.

The most important action you can take it taking care of yourself as you main goal each day. There are some simple day to day changes you can make to help manage this respiratory illness to help improve day to day life and management.

walking outdoors helps to stay healthy
  1. Exercise – Now not everyone can or wants to exercise but walking and keep moving helps with breathing plus makes you healthier at the same time. It is important to take that morning stroll, walk to the shops or just meet friends and walk around parks and see the outside.
  2. Sleep – Everyone needs a good nights sleep but sleeping well each evening will help you get up for that walk each morning and start the day right. Lack of sleep will make you feel lethargic and not want to do anything.
  3. Look after yourself – with ‘you’ being the number one priority you must make sure you are looking after your mental health as well as your physical. Anxiety will decrease and also talking to others will help you feel better and express your feelings with other people.

For those who need medical oxygen to improve their breathing take a look at our resources and other articles over on our website here.

Top foods for healthy lungs

Whether or not you have a respiratory condition such as COPD, asthma or even exposure to toxins or cigarette smoke, healthy lungs are important to maintain.

There has been some research into certain food groups that have good nutrition benefits to reduce damage and help to protect this vital organ.

Here are 5 foods that could help:

1. Cocoa – now we all love chocolate so putting this one top of the list! Dark chocolate contains lots of antioxidants which help to relax the airways.

2. Coffee – again a good second choice also with its antioxidants and caffeine. Caffeine helps to open up the blood vessels which benefits people with asthma conditions.

3. Tomatoes – These contain Lycopene which is a type of antioxidant so again a great food item to reduce inflammation.

4. Turmeric – Known for its positives it contains Curcumin which is what is needed to help health improvements.

5. Apples – Eating an apple a day is true, especially with its benefits and vitamin C. Apples may help towards reducing the risk of lung cancer.

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Thinking of booking a holiday?

For many the rules, the traffic light system was all too much to make the usual trip abroad. It seemed simpler and easier to stay at home. Recently for UK travellers the traffic system has been taken away making it much simpler to travel. It will have less extra cost now that PCR tests have also been scrapped. The only rules you need to be aware of is the country you are visiting and to stay clear of red countries (currently at time of writing only 7 are on this list). These are all based on if you are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated travellers will still be required to take PCR tests before and after their travel.

Voila! Its now time to travel; so many short breaks to be had and get away for some winter sunshine, a city break or to see those you have been missing.

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Don’t forget travelling with medical oxygen needs also needn’t be complicated. All you need is more organisation. That’s why our team are on hand to help on that part – we just leave the destination to you! Contact us today to help with your plans.

Top 5 destinations this winter

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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.

  1. Cyprus – still quite a warm temperature if you are looking for some warmer sunshine
  2. Berlin – an deal city for anyone that is an eplorer
  3. Seville – perfect part to take in the culture and its decor
  4. Canary Islands – also known for winter sun breaks and popular with UK travellers
  5. Morocco – for those wanting some exotic culture, amazing architecture then Marrakesh is closer than you think for a quick getaway

Conditions that can affect breathing

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If you have ever wondered what conditions can be caused when breathing, inflammation of the lungs or problems with respiratory, then here are the main conditions:

  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Asbestos-related lung diseases
  • Asthma
  • Atelectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • COPD
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pleural Disorders
  • Pneumonia
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sleep Apnea

Learn about oxygen and your eyes

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Another popular article from our archives to be brought to the top and our new readers to read.

Did you know that the cornea is one of the few parts of your body that doesn’t have blood vessels supplying oxygen to it. The only other parts are tooth enamel, hair and nails.

So that light can travel through the cornea is transparent as well as no sight of blood vessels.

As there are no blood vessels to carry any oxygen where does the eye get oxygen from? It has to come directly from the outside air. To keep the cornea nice and healthy oxygen enters tears and carbon dioxide is released via the same process back out to the atmosphere. Certain things such as keeping your eyes shut for a pro-longed period of time or wearing the wrong contact lens can cause the cornea to lack oxygen.

There could be bad affects if the cornea doesn’t receive enough oxygen. This could be the ability to not detect pain, scarring and become less transparent. Additionally, new blood vessels from the sclera (the white part of the eye) can grow into the cornea and cause further damage and scarring. Always wondered why you may get a blood shot eye? This occurs when the cornea is looking for an alternative way to get more oxygen in. Since the cornea is without blood vessels, the retina pumps up its veins in attempt to absorb more oxygen.

This response can lead to other problems over time like corneal neovascularization and macular degeneration disease. The oxygen supply to the cornea is slightly less absorbed when contact lenses cover the cornea. Contact lenses are now made to allow more oxygen to pass through to the eye and some are designed to be in for long periods of time too.

It is always a good idea to check with your optician to make sure you have the correct type of lenses to avoid damaging your eyes. Early symptoms of a lack of oxygen include dryness and irritation as well as blood shot eye. Solutions and moisturisers are available to help keep your eyes healthy and oxygenated.

References: http://www.aclm.org.uk and http://www.avoideyestrain.com
Original post 2015

Travelling with oxygen? Here’s all you need to know…

If you are now planning your next holiday, staycation or even a visit to friends and loved ones you have missed but need medical oxygen then look no further. Over on our OxygenWorldwide site our team have put together the main FAQ’s to help you with everything you need to know.

From where we deliver, costs and how to get a quote you will find everything you need to plan your trip away with medical oxygen.

Find out and read the full list of FAQ’s here over on our website.

India and its oxygen crisis

India has been for a while been hit with lack of oxygen supply after the Coronavirus wave that has swept the country. Many had not been vaccinated as did not experiencing any major crisis last year. Since the widely publicised wave that has swept the need and demand for medical oxygen is high.

Ludhiana, which being the biggest district with a maximum population of over 3.5-million passed through a harrowing time during the deadly second Covid wave, has built a strong medical oxygen infrastructure to meet the anticipated high demand of the life-saving gas during the possible third virus wave, the government has confirmed.

Besides accumulating maximum cylinders, the district has also acquired the highest number of oxygen concentrators in the state, the official figures have revealed.

6,165 oxygen cylinders made available

The data compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, which is available with The Tribune, showed that Ludhiana has made available 6,165 oxygen cylinders, including 4,774 D-type cylinders, 4,158 in private and 616 in government hospitals, and 1,391 B-type cylinders, including 855 in private and 536 in government institutions.

Reference: Tribune News Service