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Oxygen can be delivered in several ways:
Oxygen can be given through a flexible plastic tube inserted
in the nostrils (nasal cannula) or through a face mask.
Selecting the type of oxygen supply should be based on your
ability to move around. People who seldom leave the house may find an oxygen
concentrator gives the best combination of convenience and cost. More active
people may have an oxygen concentrator at home and use a portable oxygen tank
when they leave the house.
Oxygen is a fire hazard. It is
important to follow safety measures to keep you and your family safe. With all
oxygen delivery systems, do not use oxygen around lit cigarettes or an open
flame, because the risk of fire or explosion is high. If you or those who care
for you smoke, be sure to think very carefully about using oxygen
November 29, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
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