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Reasons for Procedure
- Keep the oxygen supply away from open flames.
- Do not smoke. Do not allow anyone to smoke around you.
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- How much oxygen is needed
- How the oxygen will be given
- When to use it
Description of the Procedure
- Concentrators—electrical device that pull oxygen from the air
- Compressed gas systems—available in steel or aluminum tanks (including small tanks that can be carried)
- Liquid systems—include both a large, stationary component and a smaller, portable component to carry oxygen
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Cough, trouble breathing, or chest pain
- Gray/blue tint around eyes, lips, and gums
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- You are having trouble delivering the oxygen
American Lung Association http://www.lung.org
Children's Physician Network http://www.cpnonline.org
Canadian Lung Association http://www.lung.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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Oxygen therapy. American thoracic society website. Available at: http://patients.thoracic.org/information-series/en/resources/oxygen-therapy.pdf. Accessed November 9, 2012.
Supplemental oxygen. American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/copd/living-with-copd/supplemental-oxygen.html. Accessed November 9, 2012.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/26/2012 -