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What is an Incentive Spirometer?

An incentive spirometer is a medical device used to help improve lung function after surgery – especially lung surgery – or after an illness such as pneumonia. It’s also commonly prescribed to patients recovering from heart surgery or any other surgery involving prolonged anesthesia and/or post-operative, in-bed recovery. Purpose of the Incentive Spirometer The incentive […]

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What is a Chest Cold?

A chest cold is the non-medical term for an upper respiratory infection, such as bronchitis. Bronchitis causes the bronchial tubes that carry air to and from the lungs to become inflamed and irritated. This leads to increased mucus production and smaller openings for air to flow, which makes it harder to breathe. Types There are […]

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What is Metastatic Lung Cancer?

Metastatic lung cancer. Three words no one ever wants to hear. But, because nearly 40% of people with newly diagnosed lung cancer already have metastases to other parts of the body,[1] it’s important to understand the gravity of the term and how early recognition of symptoms may help prevent lung cancer from spreading. Definition Metastatic […]

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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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How Does Pulmonary Tuberculosis Spread?

Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection of the lungs caused by the organism Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB is an airborne disease, meaning it spreads from person to person through tiny droplets in the air. Although tuberculosis is most often found in the lungs, it can develop in other parts of the body, as well. It’s […]

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What are Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines?

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer, by far, is the leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women, alike. In fact, every year, more people die of lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.[1] Because lung cancer is so prevalent, lung cancer screening was developed to detect lung cancer […]

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How Common is Lung Adenocarcinoma?

Lung adenocarcinoma is a type of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that occurs when abnormal lung cells chaotically multiply to form a tumor. Untreated, these tumor cells can metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body including the lymph nodes around and in-between the lungs, the liver, brain, bones and adrenal glands.[1] Lung Adenocarcinoma vs […]

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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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