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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 methods is explained in the following text. Oxygen Concentrators The least expensive, in the long-term, and […]

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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 […]

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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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What is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is an incurable lung disease in which fibrosis, or scarring, occurs in the lungs making them thick and stiff. As lung tissue thickens, the lungs have difficulty moving oxygen into your bloodstream, resulting in a decreased amount of oxygen to your brain and other organs. Sometimes doctors can determine what’s causing […]

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Are COPD Patients at Risk for Hypercapnia?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Although not all people with COPD will develop hypercapnia, COPD is one of the major causes of hypercapnia. Hypercapnia, also known as hypercarbia or CO2 retention, is a condition that occurs when there are elevated levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood. CO2 is a by-product of metabolism and is usually removed […]

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What is Respiratory Acidosis?

Respiratory acidosis is a serious medical condition in which abnormally slow breathing (hypoventilation) increases the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood, causing the pH (acid-base balance) of the blood, and other bodily fluids, to become too acidic. How the Body Tries to Restore Balance An important property of any solution, including blood, is […]

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