Oxygen Therapy in Lung conditions
Oxygen therapy is a treatment that provides you with supplemental, or extra, oxygen. It can help you feel better and stay active.
HOW CAN OXYGEN HELP IN LUNG CONDITIONS?
Supplemental oxygen does not cure lung disease, but it is an important therapy that improves symptoms and organ function
Improves shortness of breath, it helps lung disease patients feel less breathless during everyday activities
When your body has enough oxygen, there is more energy to be more active, use of oxygen during exercise, to run errands, to do chores, and even when flying helps retain energy
Oxygen therapy can improve oxygen levels in bloodstream which can increase your energy levels and reduces fatigue
WHO NEEDS OXYGEN THERAPY?
Oxygen therapy is required if patients have low oxygen levels at rest in :
Asthma, bronchitis or emphysema
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
FOR HOW LONG DO PEOPLE NEED OXYGEN THERAPY?
Some people with chronic conditions need supplemental oxygen for life, while others need it temporarily until they recover from an acute (short-term) illness
Depending on your specific health needs, you may need oxygen therapy 24 hours a day as per your Healthcare provider’s advice
Or you might need extra oxygen only when you sleep or exercise or activity
WHAT ARE HEALTHY OXYGEN LEVELS?
A healthy oxygen level (also called oxygen saturation) is 95% or higher
Healthcare providers prescribe oxygen therapy when oxygen levels drop below 88%
Various tests to measure Oxygen levels & lung function include Pulse oxymeter, arterial blood gas test, 6 minute walk test test& sleep study, depending on these results the requirement for supplemental oxygen is determined