With continuous use of oxygen, many people have reported improved alertness, better sleep patterns and less shortness of breath, because their blood oxygen levels have improved.
Supplemental oxygen therapy has been prescribed to increase the level of oxygen in your blood. It may be ordered for short-term or long-term use. Oxygen is a medication and must be used exactly as your doctor has prescribed. It is not addictive and is used to improve the quality of your life.
Oxygen is a clear, odourless, non-flammable gas. It does, however, support combustion (fire) and therefore you must follow the safety instructions provided by your Air Liquide Healthcare professional.
Specific tests are used to measure the level of oxygen in your blood. Supplemental oxygen is then used to raise these oxygen levels to acceptable values. Studies have demonstrated the benefit of using oxygen therapy to reduce stress on your heart, to improve exercise tolerance, and to improve your quality of life. For the purpose of this information, we will discuss oxygen therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Since two landmark studies - the NOTT study and the British MRC Multicenter Trial - were published, thousands of people in Australia have benefited from continuous or nocturnal oxygen therapy. Home oxygen therapy provides effective and economical treatment of hypoxemia in patients with COPD.
These studies have demonstrated that continuous supplemental oxygen:
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