IMPORTANT: Never Use Oxygen Without a Doctor’s Prescription
You may have a tank at home, but you must NEVER administer oxygen without a doctor’s prescription.
Like medicine, oxygen comes with doses, too: At the very least, you must know how many liters per minute are needed. Depending on the patient’s condition, that could be anywhere from 2 to 40 L/min.
If you receive too little oxygen, then you’re essentially wasting resources because your condition won’t improve. Similarly, receiving too much oxygen could lead to toxicity.
Having an oxygen setup at home might also give you a false sense of security. You might think that everything’s okay, but in truth, you or your loved ones may already need care that only properly-equipped hospitals and professionals can provide.
What About Oxygen Concentrators?
These days, more people are also looking into oxygen concentrators, a device that removes nitrogen from the air we breathe in, providing higher amounts of oxygen necessary for oxygen therapy.
Like oxygen cylinders, you shouldn’t use these devices without a doctor’s guidance either.