SAFE HOME USE AND CARE OF OXYGEN APPARATUS
This information is provided by MEDEQUIP SUPPLIES LTD for advisory purposes only and you should always be used in conjunction with your equipment instructions provided by the manufacturer or your home oxygen provider.
Oxygen Care & Maintenance
MEDEQUIP provides you with instructions on user care and maintenance of your specific oxygen equipment. Here are some general guidelines for your cleaning procedures.
You should wash your nasal prongs with a liquid soap and thoroughly rinse them once or twice a week. Replace them every two to four weeks as they will get hard and can irritate your nose. If you have a cold, change them when your cold symptoms have passed.
The humidifier bottle should be washed with soap and warm water and rinsed thoroughly twice per week. Air-dry the bottle before filling with sterile or distilled water. Replace the water bottle every one-two months. It is always recommended you have spare water bottles on hand.
If you use an oxygen concentrator, unplug the unit, then wipe down the cabinet with a damp cloth at a minimum weekly. The air filter (external cabinet filter) should be cleaned at least twice a week. Follow the directions provided by your MEDEQUIP representative.
Do's & Don'ts
• Do not change the flow of oxygen unless directed by your physician.
• Restrict alcohol and/or non-prescription sedatives as they may slow your breathing rate.
• When receiving oxygen cylinder or liquid delivers be sure you order oxygen replenishment from your dealer in a timely manner.
• Use water-based lubricants on your lips or nostrils. Do not use an oil-based product like petroleum jelly.
• To prevent your cheeks or the skin behind your ears from becoming irritated, tuck some gauze under the tubing or ask your representative for accessories that can be used (EZ- Wraps). If you have persistent redness under your nose, call your physician.
• Always feel free to contact your MEDEQUIP representative should you have questions about the proper use and care of your oxygen equipment.
• Do not cover the oxygen concentrator with clothing, rags or other material while it is in use.
• Oxygen is very safe when you create the proper environment and conditions. Oxygen will not explode or burn but it will cause anything that is burning to burn hotter and faster. By using some of these basic safety rules, you will create a safe environment in which to use your oxygen systems.
General Home Oxygen Safety Rules
• Never smoke while using oxygen and warn visitors not to smoke near you when you are using oxygen.
• No-smoking signs should be posted in your home or on exterior doors to alert visitors that oxygen is being used and/or stored in the home..
• Stay at least five feet away from open flames including lighted cigarettes, gas stoves, candles, lighted open fireplaces, or other heat sources.
• Do not use any flammable products like grease, oils, aerosol sprays or any petroleum-based lubricants or personal hygiene products while using your oxygen.
• Store your oxygen system in a clean secure area away from flammable items. Oxygen cylinders should be secured to prevent accidental falling.
• Have a fire extinguisher close by, and you may wish to notify your fire department know that you have oxygen in your home.
When Using An Oxygen Concentrator:
• Avoid using an extension cord
• Store in an area that will allow proper air circulation and prevent overheating (not a closet)
• Store 12-18 inches from drapes, walls, furniture other objects.
Have Your Home Ready
Make sure that you have working smoke detectors. Make sure you have a working fire extinguisher in your home. If you move around the house with your oxygen, you may need more than one fire extinguisher.
Smoking Near Oxygen Containers Is Dangerous.
• No one should smoke in a room where you or your child is using oxygen.
• Put a NO SMOKING sign in every room where oxygen is being used.
• In a restaurant, keep at least 6 feet away from any source of fire, such as a stove or fireplace.
Keep oxygen 10 feet away from:
• Toys with electric motors
• Electric baseboard or space heaters
• Wood stoves or fireplaces
• Electric blankets
• Hairdryers, electric razors, and electric toothbrushes
Be Careful in the Kitchen: You will need to be careful with your oxygen when you cook.
• Keep oxygen away from the stovetop and oven.
• Watch out for splattering grease. It can catch fire.
• Keep children with oxygen away from the stovetop and oven.
• Cooking with a microwave is okay.
Other Safety Tips
• Do not store your oxygen in a trunk/boot, box, or small closet. Storing your oxygen under the bed is okay if air can move freely under the bed.
• Keep liquids that may catch fire away from your oxygen. This includes cleaning products that contain oil, grease, alcohol, or other liquids that can burn.
• Do not use Vaseline or other petroleum-based creams and lotions on your face or upper part of your body unless you talk to your respiratory therapist or doctor first.
• Other water-based products, such as K-Y Jelly, are okay to use.
• Avoid tripping over oxygen tubing.
• Children may get tangled in the tubing.
• Taping the tubing to the back of your shirt may help.
• Handle all compressed oxygen cylinders with care and secure the cylinders whenever possible to prevent them from being knocked over.
• Keep oxygen equipment out of reach of children.
• Keep equipment in a well-ventilated area.
• Keep all grease, oils and paints away from your oxygen equipment.
• Turn off your oxygen equipment when not in use.
• Do not allow devices that generates sparks or flames in the area oxygen is being used. Tips for Travelling with Oxygen
TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH OXYGEN
• Before you make any plans to travel, check with your doctor to determine that you are capable of travel and what extra precautions may be necessary.
• Have a copy(s) of your oxygen prescription, including oxygen liter flow and hours of use, with you at all times as well as a current list of medications you are receiving. Make several copies of the prescription and medication list as you may need to present a copy to flight attendants or oxygen suppliers during your travel.
• You may also require a physician statement indicating your ability to travel, travel itinerary (general) and oxygen flow rates.
• If arranging your travel through a travel agent, make sure to inform them you will be traveling with oxygen before you book your trip.
• Contact your oxygen supplier and notify them of your travel plans and they may be able to assist you with your oxygen needs during your trip or at least direct you to organizations that specializes in coordinating travel with oxygen.
• Avoid travel traveling to, or through, locations at high elevations as these may make your breathing more difficult.
• There may be costs for oxygen when traveling that may not be covered by your health insurance or other sponsors.
MEDEQUIP does not guarantee oxygen quantities in containers above the fill-up quantities indicated by flowmeter and gauges after the container and accessories have been certified as being in normal and safe working condition on delivery to the customer. The customer is responsible for inspecting and testing for leakage as well as safe maintenance of the oxygen apparatus for as long as it is in use in the customer's premises. MEDEQUIP is not responsible for gas leaks emanating from user-triggered leakage, damaged regulators, flowmeters, giving lines or masks after the initial certified delivery and testing of the oxygen apparatus, neither is MEDEQUIP responsible for explosions, injuries, toxicity, loss of life or other accidents emanating from use of oxygen at the customer's premises. The stated insurance charge on the invoice only covers the search, location, security and tracking costs associated with equipment leased or rented to the customer. Refundable deposit costs only cover part of the replacement costs of such equipment in the event of irrecoverable loss while the equipment is in the customer's custody.
©2016 Medequip Supplies Limited All rights reserved.