Why did the doctor order this oxygen for me?
Usually, doctors order oxygen for patients because they have low oxygen levels in their blood and the doctor is worried that the body is not getting enough oxygen to function properly. You should speak with your physician about your specific case and how he thinks the oxygen will help you.
How long will I have to use this oxygen and take these treatments?
Oxygen is prescribed for many diagnoses. Some patients, such as those who have been found to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), will require oxygen for the rest of their lives. Your doctor is the final authority on how long you will need the therapy.
I don’t want to become “addicted” to the oxygen, is that possible?
Oxygen is the life sustaining gas that is in the air we breathe everyday, and it is not possible to become addicted.
Is oxygen dangerous?
When used properly, oxygen is not dangerous. Oxygen is not flammable, but it does support combustion so it's very important to keep it away from sparks or open flames.
How much will this oxygen cost me?
That depends on your insurance. Medicare covers 80 percent of the Medicare allowable, as long as the oxygen is deemed medically necessary by your doctor. Insurance companies differ on the amount of coverage. Your monthly rental cost will be on your delivery ticket and your local AeroCare office will be more than happy to discuss the costs with you.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Device (CPAP)
Will I always have to use my CPAP?
Your CPAP unit is not a cure, but therapy. As long as your condition remains unchanged, the CPAP will most likely need to be used.
What are the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Common signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are:
- excessive daytime sleepiness
- restless sleep (may include moving arms and legs)
- morning headaches
- light disorientation/memory lapses
- personality changes
- pauses when the patient doesn't breathe during sleep
How often should my equipment be cleaned?
Your mask, headgear and other components should be cleaned on a regular basis. If maintained properly, your mask and headgear should last six to 12 months.
On a daily basis:
Wash the mask or pillows with a soft cloth. Gently wash with a solution of warm water and a mild, clear liquid detergent. Rinse thoroughly, and allow mask or pillows to air dry.
On a twice-weekly basis:
With a soft cloth, gently wash the swivel connector and tubing in a solution of warm water and a mild, clear liquid detergent. Rinse thoroughly and allow them to air dry. On a weekly basis:
Unplug the unit and, using a cloth slightly dampened with water and dish detergent, wipe the outside of the unit. Using a cloth dampened with water only, wipe the outside of the unit again. Use a dry cloth to wipe the unit dry. Make sure it's thoroughly dry before plugging it in again.
On an as-needed basis:
Wash your headgear and/or chinstrap as needed, perhaps once or twice a week. Again using a soft cloth, gently wash each in a solution of warm water and a mild, clear liquid detergent.
How often do the supplies need to be replaced?
Supplies are changed at various intervals depending on the supply. Please call your local office to discuss your equipment and supply needs.