Using oxygen at home - what to ask your doctor

Definition

Because of problems with your lungs or heart, you will need to use oxygen in your home.

Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help you use your oxygen.

Alternate Names

Oxygen - what to ask your doctor; What to ask your doctor about home oxygen

Questions

When should I use my oxygen?

Is it okay for me to change how much oxygen is flowing out of the tank or oxygen concentrator?

What should I do if I feel more short of breath?

Can my oxygen run out? How can I tell if the oxygen is running out?

Will I be able to take my oxygen with me when I go somewhere? How long will the oxygen last when I leave my home?

Do I need to worry about the electricity going off?

What can I do if my lips, mouth, or nose become dry? Is it safe to use petroleum jelly (Vaseline)?

How do I stay safe when I have oxygen in my home?

What do I do about getting oxygen when I travel on an airplane?


Review Date: 2/24/2011
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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