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Home Oxygen Therapy

Home Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen therapy is usually delivered as a gas via an oxygen source such as an oxygen concentrator, cylinder, liquid reservoir or portable oxygen concentrator (POC). The oxygen is usually breathed through a nasal cannula. A nasal cannula is a two-pronged device inserted in the nostrils and is connected to the oxygen source.

Once your physician has determined that you should receive oxygen therapy, you will be tested to find the right amount of oxygen for your needs. Oxygen therapy is usually prescribed in Liters Per Minute (LPM) and helps to increase the level of oxygen in the blood.

Oxygen Conservation Devices (OCD)

Oxygen Conservation Devices (OCD)

Some patients may be able to use a OCD in place of a regulator on their portable oxygen tanks. An OCD operates with ‘on demand’ delivery that occurs when the patient inhales, thus triggering a release or ‘burst’ of oxygen that is delivered through the cannula or mask directly to the patient. Only your physician can recommend a OCD for your home oxygen therapy.