Home Oxygen TherapyProviding long term oxygen therapy in the home tailored to each patient’s needs.
Liquid medical oxygen
Medical liquid oxygen is stored in an insulated stainless steel container that works in a similar way to a thermos flask. Medical grade oxygen can be supplied in compressed gas form in a range of different sized containers. It is produced following strict pharmaceutical guidelines.
We deliver this stationary container to the patient’s home and replace it regularly with a re-filled container holding 36 litres of liquid oxygen (equivalent to 120 one-litre gas cylinders).
This is supplemented by small portable lightweight containers filled from the home container, and carried on the shoulders or in a specially adapted rucksack enabling the patient to get out and about.
We follow the pharmaceutical guidelines when documenting the safety and efficacy of our medical gases. All our gas containers are robust, reliable, convenient to use and safe to handle. To provide the highest quality, all containers are tested at every fill to ensure continued patient safety. The liquid oxygen is vaporized into gas and warmed to room temperature inside the equipment before it is delivered via tubing (called a cannula), which fits into the nostrils.
Linde homecare technicians demonstrate how to use a container safely, and provide detailed instructions and safety guidance.
Medical oxygen in cylinders
Medical grade oxygen can be supplied in compressed gas form in a range of different sized cylinders. It is produced following strict pharmaceutical guidelines.
Larger cylinders can be used at home and are often provided alongside an oxygen concentrator as a back-up. Smaller portable cylinders are also available for use outside the home.
We follow the pharmaceutical guidelines when documenting the safety and efficacy of our medical gases. All our gas cylinders are robust, reliable, convenient to use and safe to handle. To provide the highest quality, all cylinders are tested at every fill to ensure continued patient safety.
Linde homecare technicians demonstrate how to use a cylinder safely, and provide detailed instructions and safety guidance.
- Standard portable cylinders
Portable cylinders can be transported using a carrying bag or a trolley. The Linde homecare technician will discuss the patient’s particular needs and leave either a bag or a trolley when delivering the portable cylinders.
Portable cylinders help the patient to continue to benefit from oxygen therapy outside the home. It is important that the patient discusses with the prescribing doctor their normal daily activities to enable the doctor to prescribe the right amount of oxygen for the patient to use at these times.
Standard portable cylinders can last 7.5 hours (on a flow of 1 litre per minute) but can be extended up to 22.5 hours if used with a conserving device.
- Lightweight cylinders
Lightweight cylinders are available and are easier to take out and about. These are also ideal for children, or frailer adult patients who find the standard portable cylinder a little too heavy to carry. These cylinders can last five hours (on a flow rate of 1 litre per minute) or up to 15 hours if used with a conserving device.
An oxygen concentrator works by drawing in the air. It separates the oxygen from the other gases using a filter system that allows only the oxygen to pass through. The patient breathes the oxygen as normal via their mask. Other people in the room will still be breathing normal amounts of oxygen.
The concentrator can be used with a long section of oxygen tubing to reach around the house. The concentrator is about the size of a stand-alone gas heater and plugs into the mains electricity supply in the home, using 300 Watts (or below) per hour (about the same as four light bulbs). A back-up cylinder is sometimes provided to use in case of a power failure.
Portable oxygen concentrators
Portable concentrators continually provide oxygen, so the patient does not have to transport multiple tanks to avoid running out of oxygen. They run on a battery that needs to be recharged regularly.
Portable concentrators give the patient the ability to switch from AC electrical power at home, to DC power in the car, to battery power when walking, for maximum mobility. They can be used on airplanes, but different airlines have different rules and the patient should check with the airline in advance of flying.