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If you’ve been evaluated by your physician and she’s determined you need home oxygen therapy, the Inogen At Home may be just what the doctor ordered. But who benefits most from home oxygen therapy and why choose the Inogen At Home? Let’s explore this further.
Oxygen is a colorless, tasteless, odorless gas and without it, life would not be possible. The air we breathe contains 21% oxygen that when inhaled, flows through our nose to our windpipe and into our lungs. Once in the lungs it passes into the bloodstream where it is carried by red blood cells to all the tissues and organs of our body. Oxygen is needed for metabolism: the conversion of the food we eat into heat and energy.
When the heart and/or lungs are impaired to such a degree that breathing regular, room air isn’t enough to keep the body functioning properly, oxygen therapy (supplemental oxygen) can be used to correct certain oxygen deficits. Although some gray areas remain as to which folks benefit most from oxygen therapy, the American Thoracic Society recommends long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) for the following people:
There are 3 common ways to obtain pure oxygen and store it for home use:
According to the American Lung Association, oxygen has many benefits including:
In addition, oxygen therapy prolongs survival for some patients who use is at least 15 hours a day.
At only 18 pounds and 16.5 inches high, the Inogen At Home is one of the lightest, quietest, most energy-efficient 5 liter home oxygen concentrators on the market today. Compared to other home oxygen concentrators, the Inogen At Home is half the size and far more efficient. In fact, it can literally pay for itself in the long run by saving you money on your electricity bill.
Check out our energy savings calculator to see how much you can save by choosing a more energy efficient home oxygen concentrator like the Inogen At Home.
3 Emtner, Margaret et. al. Benefits of Supplemental Oxygen in Exercise Training in Nonhypoxemic Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 168, No. 9 (2003), pp. 1034-1042. doi: 10.1164/rccm.200212-1525OC.
4 Croxton, Thomas L., et. al. “Long-term Oxygen Treatment in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Recommendations for Future Research.” American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Vol 174. pp. 373-378, 2006.
By Deborah Leader RN, BSN, PHN