Air Liquide Healthcare can help you get started with oxygen therapy.
Your doctor will confirm if the amount of oxygen in your blood is low by testing:
Your doctor will prescribe oxygen therapy that suits your needs. Your oxygen therapy prescription has three main parts:
Your doctor will advise you of your oxygen therapy needs and we can assist you with a variety of oxygen supply systems.
There are three main types of oxygen equipment:
Oxygen concentrators are electrical devices that filter air to leave only the oxygen. Portable units run on batteries. Oxygen cylinders contain oxygen under pressure to hold a greater volume of gas.
Whatever system you use, the oxygen is typically delivered to your nose by soft plastic tubes (cannula). Stationary oxygen concentrators have a flexible extension tube that lets you move around while remaining connected to the oxygen supply. These provide the extra oxygen you need throughout your day.
Air Liquide Healthcare will set up your oxygen therapy whether you are coming out of hospital, living at home or in a nursing home:
Our goal is to take the worry away and leave you feeling confident with oxygen therapy.
Each state and territory uses different criteria to decide who is eligible to receive an oxygen equipment subsidy. In some states, a central organisation is responsible for subsidies and in other states the subsidies are managed by local health services or hospital boards.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Commonwealth Department of Health also provide funded oxygen equipment for war veterans and people in residential aged care facilities, under certain conditions.
Your doctor and Air Liquide Healthcare can let you know the right people to contact.
Integrating oxygen therapy into your daily routine will not only prolong your life, but it will enhance your quality of life. You may feel self-conscious about using it in public at first but you will soon appreciate the benefits it brings.
New portable oxygen systems are small and lightweight – as little as 1.4kg. These discreet systems will help you gain confidence when going out.
Using your oxygen will help you continue doing the everyday things you enjoy.
You’ll soon learn to adapt to using oxygen equipment in your home, and if you have a portable unit, you’ll be able to leave the house. Begin with a short trip and build up to longer periods as you become more comfortable.
You may find it helpful to join a support group to meet other people who are also using oxygen therapy. Sharing stories and tips can be enjoyable and beneficial. Ask your healthcare facility to help you find a local group or visit Lung Foundation Australia’s website.