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How Do You Treat Emphysema?

Emphysema is among a group of lung diseases known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Primarily caused by smoking, the disease damages the alveoli (air sacs), the site in the lungs where gas exchange between oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place. To date, there is no cure for emphysema, but treatment of emphysema can help […]

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What Symptoms are Associated with Stage III COPD?

If you’ve been diagnosed with Stage III COPD (severe), airflow limitation worsens as your lung function continues to decline. Your forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) is between 30% and 49% of the predicted normal[1]and you’re growing increasingly aware of the impact the disease is having on your life as work and chores around […]

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How Does an Oxygen Sensor Work?

An oxygen (O2) sensor senses the percentage of oxygen in the air being delivered to an oxygen therapy patient. Oxygen sensors are placed in in oxygen concentrators to ensure proper creation and delivery of oxygen. The Inogen One G4 is equipped with an internal oxygen sensor that will alarm should the O2 concentration go below […]

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What’s the Difference between an Oxygen Regulator and an Oxygen Sensor?

Supplemental oxygen therapy can be delivered in three ways: via oxygen concentrator, compressed oxygen gas or liquid oxygen. Many oxygen concentrators contain an oxygen sensor, while oxygen tanks work by using an oxygen regulator. The difference between these two is explained in the following text. Oxygen Concentrators The least expensive and most effective way to […]

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Oxygen Cannulas Are Now Available on Inogen.com!

Convenient Cannula Ordering We’ve listened to your comments and requests and are excited to announce that Inogen will now offer Salter Cannulas for purchase on our website. Skip that trip to the drug store and order here* to have them shipped directly to your door. Salter Cannulas Salter Cannulas are designed with patient comfort in mind. Salter […]

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What is Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation?

Similar to the heart-lung bypass machine used in open heart surgery, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an advanced life-support device that pumps and oxygenates a patient’s blood outside the body, permitting the heart and lungs to rest. When connected to the ECMO machine, your blood flows through tubing to an artificial lung inside the machine […]

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Which Foods are Best for a CF Diet?

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening disease that causes a build-up of thick, sticky mucus to form in your lungs and digestive tract. People with cystic fibrosis require up to 2 times the amount of calories as others of similar weight and size. What foods are best for a CF diet? Let’s forge ahead and […]

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Why do I Need a Spirometry Test?

If your doctor has recommended you have a spirometry test, you’re probably wondering why you need one and what kind of test it is. A spirometry test is among a group of breathing tests known as pulmonary function tests. This group of lung tests tell doctors how well your lungs are working. Spirometry measures how […]

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How to Care for Your Nasal Cannula

Physicians and other medical experts agree that people with chronic (ongoing) lung diseases like COPD should remain as active as possible, despite their need for oxygen therapy.[1] Thanks to advances in medical technology that have made it possible to create oxygen delivery sources with mobility and portability in mind, it’s never been easier to stay […]

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9 Tips for Traveling with Oxygen to America’s National Parks

Explore the great outdoors – experience nature – spend quality time with friends and family – these things and more are what you can expect when visiting one of America’s 59 national parks. From archeology, history and wildlife, to swimming, hiking and fishing, national parks provide a convenient, affordable vacation option your whole family can […]

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