Oxygen Therapy (O2)
Oxygen Therapy, or O2 Therapy, provides supplemental oxygen to patients who suffer from a disease or condition that prevents them from getting enough oxygen. Oxygen Therapy helps improve both cognitive and physical functions, and can help you in being more active day to day.
O2 can either be stored in a tank or container, or extracted directly from the natural room air through an Oxygen Concentrator. From the source, the gas flows through a tube which is delivered to the patient’s airway by one of a few methods:
- A nasal cannula, which is the thin plastic tube with two soft and small prongs that are placed directly into the patient’s nostrils.
- A face mask, which covers the patient’s nose and mouth. Similar to a CPAP full face mask.
- Transtracheal Oxygen Therapy, which is a small tube that is inserted directly into a patient’s windpipe from the front of the neck. A needle or small incision is used to place the tube.
Aside from improving function and activity, O2 Therapy can also be used to treat:
- Decrease shortness of breath and fatigue (tiredness)
- Improve sleep in some people who have sleep-related breathing disorders
Increase the lifespan of some people who have COPD
Oxygen Therapy doesn’t have to limit how you live your life! Portable Oxygen Concentrators can make moving about, doing your daily routine, and even traveling and having fun much easier. Always be sure to consult a doctor if there is any question whether an activity is safe for you.
Oxygen is considered a drug, and must be prescribed by a doctor. Once you’re prescribed, a licensed Respiratory Therapist will set you up with everything you need. You will be taught the ins and outs of therapy and using your equipment, and given all the supplies that you will need. We will always be available to you when problems arise.