Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy

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    When you have chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD), low oxygen levels are actually caused by the failure of blood vessels in your lungs to connect with the air sacs that contain oxygen. Your lungs may still be able to support that connection, but you may be short of breath due to other factors, such as hyperinflation, retained carbon dioxide and a flattened diaphragm, increasing your work of breathing. 
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    No. If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and require oxygen therapy, your oxygen supplier is not required to furnish you with an airline-approved portable oxygen concentrator. In addition, Medicare will not pay for any oxygen related to air travel. Your oxygen supplier is, however, required to provide you with oxygen at your destination. You might be able to rent a portable oxygen concentrator from your oxygen supplier to use during air travel. Airline-approved rentals are also available through online companies where they work with most airlines and provide the documentation required for your travel. 
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    Medicare will not pay for any utility bills as a result of the use of your oxygen equipment if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and require supplemental oxygen. In some cases, the direct costs of operating your oxygen equipment are deductible as a medical expense. Some utilities have programs to help lessen this cost. Check with your electricity provider. The COPD Foundation Disaster Preparedness Plan also includes these forms. 
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    If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and require supplemental oxygen, here is how to determine the cost of your oxygen equipment step-by-step: 
    1. The label on your concentrator shows the volts and amps used. Multiply the volts by the amps. For instance: 115 volts x 6 amps = 690 watts
    2. Multiply the watts by .001 to obtain kilowatt hours. 690 x .001 = .69 KWH
    3. Multiply KWH by the number of hours per year that you use your concentrator. For instance, if you use it 24 hours a day, that equals 8,760 hours per year. .69 KWH x 8,760 = 6,044
    4. Find the cost of electricity per kilowatt from your power company. For example, 12 cents. 6,044 x .12 = $725.28 cost per year
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    Some brands of concentrators run quieter, produce less heat or use less electricity than others. This is important to know if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and your doctor has prescribed oxygen therapy. Oxygen concentrators can be very expensive to run and the cost of electricity is not covered under Medicare reimbursement. Your oxygen supplier may have a purchase agreement with a certain company in order to get lower pricing. That does not mean you have to accept that particular equipment. This is when it pays to do your homework. Ask other oxygen users about their equipment. Ask about reliability, noise level, cost of running it and if it produces a lot of heat. However, they are also not obligated to go out and buy a brand of equipment that you request. Your choice is still dependent on the oxygen suppliers current inventory.
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    Oxygen is a gas that you need for your body to function, making up 21 percent of the air you breathe. Most people breathe in all of the oxygen they need from air, but some medical conditions may require that additional oxygen be provided. Therapies that use oxygen can help the body function better by relieving symptoms of oxygen deprivation, promoting healing, and helping the body fight infection.

    Supplemental oxygen therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy are both treatments that provide more oxygen to the body. Supplemental oxygen therapy is used to treat people who have low levels of oxygen in their blood from certain health conditions. Decreased lung function from lung disease may lead to low blood oxygen levels, for example. Supplemental oxygen, delivered through a breathing tube, mask, or nasal prongs, is used to raise blood oxygen levels and treat symptoms of low levels such as irritability, shortness of breath, morning headaches, and ankle swelling. Low blood oxygen levels can slow growth in children, but oxygen therapy can help keep development on track.

    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used treat a wide variety of health conditions, including anemia, arterial gas embolism (air bubbles in blood vessels), and several types of injuries. In hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the air pressure of a room is raised, which allows your lungs to collect almost three times as much oxygen as they normally would. This increase of oxygen in your blood better enables your body to heal and combat infection.

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    Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine - Ogden Regional Medical Center
    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HbOT) works by forcing oxygen into the tissue, serum and wound, says Peter Clemens, DO, a family practitioner at Ogden Regional Medical Center. In this video, he details how the different types of chambers are used in HbOT.
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    Oxygen therapy is used to treat low blood oxygen levels in people who have chronic (long-term) or acute (shorter-term but serious) health conditions that decrease the levels of oxygen in their blood. Oxygen is vital to the way the body works, because it interacts with food to produce energy that cells use as fuel. When 100% oxygen is given to people who have low blood oxygen levels, it increases the levels of oxygen in their bloodstreams. Raising the levels of oxygen in the blood to healthy levels helps to relieve symptoms caused by low blood oxygen levels, such as shortness of breath, fatigue and irritability. Oxygen therapy also can take strain off your heart, because it won't have to work so hard to circulate oxygen to your body.

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    What are the risks of hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
    There are risks associated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In this video, Cameron Baldwin, CHT of Ocala Regional Medical Center explains these risks, including issues with vison and hearing.
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    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy usually involves treatment every day, Monday through Friday, for two hours per session. You may receive 30 minutes of oxygen and a five-minute break three times.