With all of the oxygen around, you might wonder why it is important to receive more oxygen from a tank. But sometimes the oxygen in the air isn't enough, especially when you are having difficulty breathing. The best oxygen tank will be one that fits with your lifestyle.
Testing for an Oxygen Deficiency
Your doctor will determine whether you are not receiving enough oxygen by performing a test to check how much oxygen is in your blood. Based on how deficient your oxygen is, your doctor may recommend that you receive supplementary oxygen.
One option is a concentrator. Rather than generate its own oxygen, concentrators take the oxygen that is already in the room and remove nitrogen so that the oxygen is purer. This can allow you to take in more oxygen with each breath.
If a concentrator is not enough, another option is to get a compressed gas cylinder. This device releases oxygen directly near your nose and mouth so you can breath it in, increasing your overall oxygen intake. The cylinders are emptied and are then refilled with more oxygen.
Sometimes, rather than being compressed, the oxygen is delivered in liquid form. Then, the oxygen is allowed to turn into the gaseous form that you can breathe. The advantage of liquid is that you can store a much larger quantity of oxygen in a smaller container.
Choosing between Stationary and Portable Cylinders
For home use, you will need to choose either a stationary or mobile oxygen system. Stationary oxygen is better if you are confined to a bed because they can store a larger quantity of oxygen and the cylinder is less likely to be damaged when transported. However, if you are able to get up and walk around, it might make more sense to use a portable unit.
Controlling the Flow of Oxygen
Oxygen tanks come with a control knob that allows you to control the release of oxygen. Turn the valve counterclockwise until it reaches the level you need. Your doctor will prescribe a flow rate, so simply follow the instructions and you won't have too much or too little oxygen. The pressure gauge will tell you how much oxygen is in the cylinder so you can know when it is time for a refill.
For more information and advice about this medical equipment, contact a representative from a company like Lincoln Mobility.