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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    Anyone for whom supplemental oxygen was not prescribed should not use it. Shortness of breath does not necessarily mean that oxygen therapy will be beneficial. Testing of the blood oxygen level in the body is necessary to determine if and how much oxygen might be need.

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    You may require several treatments. The number will depend on your specific problem and response to therapy.

    • Emergency conditions are generally treated with 1 to 10 treatments during the first week.
    • Long-standing infections and other wounds may need 20 to 60 treatments over the course of several weeks.
    • Patients in the hospital will receive treatments once or twice daily.
    • Outpatients will be treated once daily, five days per week.
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    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HbOT) entails reclining within a pressurized chamber with varying degrees of increasing atmospheric pressure. It is believed that as the oxygen level increases throughout the body, circulation is enhanced, inflammation is reduced, and white blood cells are stimulated to remove toxins. This pure oxygen is also said to destroy harmful bacteria. HbOT is not new. It has long been used to treat deep-sea divers with decompression sickness or "the bends."
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    There is no evidence that oxygen therapies interact badly with medications or foods. In fact, oxygen is needed to metabolize food to provide cells with energy. However, be sure your doctor is aware of all medications and supplements that you take. Oxygen therapies are often prescribed when people have certain conditions or illnesses, so make sure you're following the medication and diet plan outlined by your doctor. Ask your doctor specifically about any dietary restrictions you should follow when using oxygen.

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    You should understand the proper way to use oxygen and understand the procedures for using it. Be aware that oxygen is flammable. This means that if you are using supplemental oxygen, you must keep your face and oxygen tank away from flames. You cannot smoke while using oxygen, and neither can anyone else in the house. If you are having hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you shouldn't bring anything into the room that can ignite such as battery-powered devices or lighters. Keep oxygen tanks stabilized so they do not fall over.

    Too much oxygen can actually be harmful to the lungs and body. Depending on their oxygen levels, people may use supplemental oxygen therapy daily, overnight, continuously or just periodically when their levels are low. Oxygen can be administered through a tube attached to your nose or a tube inserted into your windpipe.

    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is given at a hospital. It isn't unusual to feel lightheaded after treatment, but the feeling should go away after a few minutes. There is a risk of some complications when you undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy, including temporary nearsightedness, organ damage, seizures and middle- and inner-ear injuries.