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What is Transient Nocturnal Desaturation?

Transient nocturnal desaturation, also known as nocturnal hypoxemia, is defined as a temporary drop in oxygen saturation during sleep. The condition is a significant problem in COPD, affecting a relatively large number of COPD patients. In fact, one study suggests that 27-70% of COPD patients with daytime oxygen saturation levels of 90-95% experience substantial desaturation […]

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What are the Symptoms of Oxygen Toxicity?

Oxygen therapy is a lifesaver for people with COPD and other chronic (ongoing) illnesses, its benefits known to increase survival, relieve symptoms, increase exercise tolerance, improve health-related quality of life and more.[1] But what happens when you get too much oxygen? And under what circumstances could this occur?  Let’s explore this further. History of “Pure […]

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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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Inogen Travel: Muir Woods

If you want to see the exact spot where earth kisses the sky, it’s in a little wooded grove just north of the red golden gate. This primal forest has been a federally protected National Monument since 1908, but it’s genesis began long before. It’s truly a majestic ecosystem of gigantic proportions! Wooded crowns reach […]

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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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Airway Oxygen: How Oxygen Moves Through the Airways of Your Body

Breathing. It’s something that most of us take for granted. But understanding how oxygen-rich air enters your lungs where it’s exchanged for carbon dioxide is an important part of living with COPD. Let’s take a tour of the respiratory system so you can see how it works. The Respiratory System The respiratory system is composed […]

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9 Emergency Preparedness Tips for People with POCs

Hurricane Irma has been deemed the most intense hurricane to hit the Atlantic since Dean in 2007. Although it may have been downgraded to a tropical storm earlier this week, it left an estimated 16 million Floridians without power, some indefinitely. For most people, power outages are a mere inconvenience. But for people who are […]

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Understanding COPD Exacerbations

When dealing with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), certain flair ups akin to that of an asthma attack, can occur that can cause varying levels of stress to the body ranging from noisy heavy breathing to harm requiring hospitalization. These events are referred to medically as “exacerbations” to a pre-existing COPD ailment and are known […]

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