Using Oxygen at Home
Your doctor has prescribed oxygen to help make breathing easier for you. You will be shown how to use your oxygen unit. Below are some guidelines on using oxygen at home safely. Do all steps each time you use your oxygen unit.
Step 1. Check Your Supply
Pressurize your oxygen tank.
Check the oxygen gauge on the tank to be sure you have enough. When the gauge reads 1/3 full, call to order more oxygen.
If you have a humidifier bottle, check the water level. When it is at or below 1/2 full, refill it with sterile or distilled water.
Step 2. Attach the Tubing
Step 3. Set Your Prescribed Flow Rate
|A nasal cannula should be placed with the prongs arching toward you.
Step 4. Insert the Cannula
Insert the nasal cannula into your nose and breathe through your nose normally.
If you’re not sure whether oxygen is flowing, place the cannula in a glass of water. Bubbles mean that oxygen is flowing.
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