Tips on How to Safely Use Portable Oxygen Tanks

Filed under: Portable Oxygen Tanks - 28 Jun 2012  | Spread the word !

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The popularity of portable oxygen tanks has significantly increased in the recent years, since these modern devices allow people suffering from respiratory or pulmonary diseases to enjoy a much more active lifestyle and a maximum level of mobility. Also known as portable oxygen cylinders, these tanks can be found in many models. Regardless of the model, the best part about these tanks is that they can be used anywhere: at home, in the office, outdoors, and even in the car. The strong material the cylinders are made of make them completely reliable, but not heavy. Being lightweight allows patients to carry the tanks with them everywhere and carry on with their daily activities. However, knowing certain tips on how so safely use them is very important, regardless of whether you work in the healthcare system or are simply a patient.

In most cases, oxygen tanks require nasal breathing tubes and masks. Patients who are not tied to a hospital bed can usually handle this matter on their own. When an emergency occurs, everyone should be prepared to help him/her, therefore it would be great if you’d keep these tips in mind. Remember that you should allow the patient the option to hold the mask to their face if they are capable of doing so safely. Also, you should never forget to ask the patient what oxygen level they are usually comfortable with. They will probably give you instructions on how to handle their portable oxygen equipment, so listen to them carefully. When opening the tank, the first thing you need to do is attach the tank valve (if it is not attached already), which should be lowered onto the tank with the flow meter pointing upward.

After nestling the valve in place, tighten the attachment knob and make sure it is completely sealed. Setting the flow rate dial to 0 by rotating the metal lever clockwise is the next step. With no more than 1 or 2 rotations, the valves should shoot up the accurate level of oxygen pressure. Then, attach the nasal breathing tube, increase the flow rate and check to make sure the oxygen is flowing into the mask.  Remember to never place the mask on a patient’s face until oxygen has been turned on. Otherwise, the patient might suffocate. Keeping a firm grip on the tank at all times is also recommended. With these useful tips, handling portable oxygen tanks will not be a problem.

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