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Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen therapy supports normal cellular metabolism and facilitates the work of the heart. It helps patients maintain their quality of life and prolong survival.

Facts about Oxygen Therapy

These are the basic facts about Oxygen Therapy:

  •  Diagnosis of hypoxemia/hypoxia is based on clinical symptoms and on evaluation of blood gases 

  •  Symptoms of hypoxemia and or hypoxia may include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, and a fast heart rate. 

  • Inhaled oxygen increases oxygenation and reduces the risk of heart failure. 
  • Oxygen requirements vary (some need it constantly, some only when they are moving, some when they are asleep). 
  • The need for oxygen is determined by the oximetric method.  
  • Long-term administration of oxygen (> 15 hours daily) to patients with chronic respiratory failure has been shown to increase survival.
  • Oxygen therapy can help improve sleep, mood, wakefulness and memory.
  • Oxygen therapy requires a source of oxygen (concentrator or cylinder - compressed gas cylinder O2 or liquid O2) and a supply system (application system - mask, nasal cannula and connections).
  • Oxygen therapy may help patients resume many of their previous activities.
  • Oxygen therapy should be medically prescribed.
  • Oxygen therapy is necessary when the oxygenation of the tissues is reduced, resulting in a disturbance of their metabolism.

Basic Principles of Oxygen Therapy

  • Oxygen is a medicine (liquid and gaseous oxygen)
  • Oxygen is administered via a medical prescription where start, flow, density and method of administration are specified.
  • Hypoxemia should be monitored by measuring blood gases before administration and after every adjustment of O2 flow or density. 
  • The administered oxygen is not retained by the body 
  • Correction of hypoxemia should be done with the lowest possible O2 density because O2 toxicity increases with dose.

Oxygen concentrators

Oxygen concentrators operate by the method of pressure exchange to compress the oxygen of the atmosphere. The air is purified through the dust and bacteria filters and it is alternately fed into two containers with molecular filters which retain nitrogen and allow only oxygen to pass. The oxygen is filtered once more and then dispensed to the patient

Liquid oxygen

The method is based on the storage of liquid oxygen (-187ο C) in a cryogenic pressure controlled device. Taking advantage of the daily conversion of liquid into oxygen gas, we achieve a significant reduction in its volume. The most common form of cryogenic device (container) has a capacity of 32 lt of liquid oxygen purity up to 99.9%. It is accompanied by a portable device weighing just 3.3 kg and with a capacity of 1.2 lt. With a flow of 2 lt / min the portable device provides autonomy of about 7 hours.

Boost Oxygen

Boost Oxygen is a completely natural form of oxygen for respiratory recovery. It is a portable bottle containing oxygen of 95% purity that does not need a prescription. 

Oxygen is an essential component for any energy production process in the body (ATP production). Did you know that the air we breathe contains only 21% oxygen? Boost Oxygen provides almost 5 times the pure oxygen you normally breathe. It is an easy and direct access to supplemental oxygen. It is used by athletes for post-exercise rehabilitation, older adults for a more active lifestyle, people at high altitudes for acclimatization, users of supplemental oxygen, students to enhance memory and concentration, to improve mood (as an anti-stress), to strengthen the immune system, for cellular regeneration, for aesthetic and beauty applications.

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