Possible Dangers of Using Home Oxygen

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Possible Dangers of Using Home Oxygen:

Possible Dangers of Using Home Oxygen


If you are someone who has a relative who suffers in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you must be familiar with home oxygen. The use of this device is not mainly for patients with COPD but as well as for those who have difficulty in breathing through their lungs. Through the years, home oxygens have been the ultimate savior for patients that want to fight the battle and stay normal in spite of their condition. But with as many benefits it does offer, it has also some possible risks.


Fire Risk Many of us typically believe that oxygen is highly flammable which is not true. Oxygen itself is not flammable but when the environment from where it resides is oxygen-rich, it can potentially be a sign that it can result to a burn or even fire. Even objects that are not normally flammable can be burned by oxygen. Products containing petroleum like lubricants and lotions should not be placed near a home oxygen because it will surely ignite and start an unwanted situation.


Risk in Smoking The increasing number of individuals who have been reported to have COPD have mainly been due to smoking. Although the patients may found the home oxygen to be of great use, smoking should not still be done. This does not just apply for the patient, but for those who have a relative who often smoke. There shouldn't be someone who is smoking at the same room where an oxygen tank is turned on. Lighters and flame of a match can start a fire that will definitely be leading to a tragic incident. One should take this seriously because there has been a report in 1998 that a patient experienced severe burns just because of smoking.


Additional Risks As someone who is already bedridden and may need the support of oxygen for quite a long time may suffer from skin irritation because of the mask worn on the face. While oxygen delivered through tubes which are commonly known to be nasal cannulae, the passages on the nose may soon dry out. When it comes to liquid oxygen, it will not be ideal for low or specifically cold temperatures. The low temperature tends to make the metal connectors on the oxygen system cold thus leading to frostbite if come in contact with the skin.


Resources: http://dmelibrary.com/home-oxygen-safety-101/ http://cibuse.livejournal.com/1062.html

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