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The fear of running out of oxygen

The fear of running out of oxygen

It seems pure utopia nowadays, when we have technology at the highest level, but one of the greatest fears of those who are in oxygen therapy is running out of oxygen.

The patient must take oxygen to treat COPD, in fact, is closely related to delivery service of oxygen cylinders at home: when the cylinder is going to end the patient calls the company in charge of the service and within 1-2 days l 'oxygen is delivered. The companies that perform the service of home oxygen therapy are quite accurate in their deliveries, but patients suffering from this situation as a huge constraint that affects their lives: in the end it depends directly by the service in charge of the oxygen and the patient feels no longer have a life of their own. And also the technology made available by these companies is definitely not the best on the market: both portable cylinder and stroller have limited autonomy and this leads the patient to feel even more housebound.

Here are the circumstances that produce anxiety in patients on home oxygen therapy:

Delivery of oxygen cylinder in the patient's home within the specified time: to live in fear that the courier might delay, have unexpected or even postpone the delivery the next day. The danger is also not to be temporarily at home to the passage of the courier, and the patient is relegated voluntarily to avoid losing home delivery;
Delivery of oxygen cylinder at a different address from the usual one: when the patient decides to move from home for a few days must be agreed place and time of delivery to the new residence. This mode is a huge constraint on the freedom of the patient who feels he is not able to move freely, but having to adapt to the timing of the company in charge of the service;
Lack of autonomy of the stroller: the portable tank that is given in each contains a limited amount of oxygen. Even if the real autonomy is, for example, 3 hours the patient will remain around not more than 2 hours, preferring to fall rather than remain without oxygen.
Unfortunately this psychological situation is never taken seriously by doctors, because their observation is limited to the mere treatment of respiratory diseases, without considering the side effects that therapy with liquid oxygen can cause patient anxiety, compulsion and often even depression.

In addition, the National Health System is not currently able to provide tools that allow a substantial improvement in the quality of life of patients in homecare liquid oxygen due to the saving policy that leads to deplete the resources that the system itself has.

Abroad, in countries such as USA, Germany or Netherlands the use of portable oxygen concentrator has drastically revolutionized the field of oxygen therapy: patients are no longer tied to any company and do not have to depend on anyone. The concentrator, in fact, produces oxygen at the time, without needing to be recharged with oxygen itself. Therefore, the patient is free to move where he wants, when he wants, bringing with it a weight that is much lower than that of the portable oxygen tank. And finally, the range is virtually unlimited because oxygen concentrators can be recharged wherever you are (at home, at a restaurant, in a car, plane, etc).

If you find yourself to be in one of the situations described above, if you feel not being properly followed by your specialist or if you simply want more information about it, please contact us and we will be happy to give you all the information possible.

Posted on 2014-10-21 Home 0 1986

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