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Should I wear my oxygen in the shower?

Should I wear my oxygen in the shower?

If you need to, sure: If you cannot go without your oxygen support for more than 30 minutes without having breathing or related medical issues, then yes, get a long enough oxygen tube, leave the tank outside the shower, and have at it. No problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more


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If I go to the rockies, should I take oxygen supplementation?

If needed: If you suffer from a lung disorder that requires oxygen then you should probably have a portable tank for traveling, especially to areas of higher elevation. ...Read more

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Can I use oxygen supplementation on an airplane?

NO O2 tank OK conc.: The faa does not allow travelers to carry their own oxygen tanks or liquid oxygen aboard commercial aircraft. Instead, most patients can use a department of transportation approved battery-powered portable oxygen concentrator. Airlines landing in the United States are now required to allow use of these devices throughout the flight. ...Read more

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How is it that oxygen supplementation is contraindicated for pts with obstructive lung diseas?

Hypoxic drive: In most patients with advanced chronic obstructive lung disease, chronic hypoxia (low oxygen levels) stimulates their drive to breathe at a faster rate to provide enough oxygen(o2) to the body. Giving supplemental o2 takes away this hypoxic drive that maintains their minute ventilation, thereby risking them going into respiratory failure, especially if their disease is advanced & they have bad pft. ...Read more

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Why oxygen supplementation contraindicated with obstructive lung disease?

Why oxygen supplementation contraindicated with obstructive lung disease?

Not usually: COPD is a problem with the ability of the lungs to expel air, which causes poor oxygenation. People with COPD are often treated with oxygen; however, if supplemental oxygen levels are too high it can cut off a person's ability to trigger their own breathing mechanism. If the disease is severe you actually may not be able to survive without the use of oxygen. ...Read more

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Why is oxygen supplementation not suppose to be dialed up higher, with an obstructive lung disease patient?

Why is oxygen supplementation not suppose to be dialed up higher, with an obstructive lung disease patient?

Can stop breathing: In the late stages of emphysema or copd, patients do not respond normally to stimuli that make normal patients breathe. They only keep breathing in response to low oxygen in their bloodstreams. If they are given too much oxygen, their systems think that they don't need to breathe and they can actually breathe less or stop breathing. This is a rare problem. Oxygen helps most emphysema patients. ...Read more

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I was wondering if a patient can be administered oxygen during surgery or wear oxygen ?

I was wondering if a patient can be administered oxygen during surgery or wear oxygen ?

Definitely yes: This is not a problem and almost always the case. Talk to your anesthesia provider before the surgery during preop visit and it will all be explained! Be well. ...Read more

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Why do I need to wear oxygen and do breathing exercises? I broke my pelvis yesterday.

Yes, probably: There is a chance to develop atelectasis, and or pulmonary embolism when staying in bed for quiet a while ( due to broken pelvis); breathing exercises and oxygen may prevent that. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Balin
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Oxygen Supplementation (Definition)

Oxygen can be given by a mask worn over the face or a tube below the nose. This helps deliver more oxygen to people in circumstances when their natural ...Read more