- What is oximetry?
- Oximetry is a quick way to measure the oxygen concentration in the blood. This is a clip-like sensor which is fixed to the fingertip or the earlobe. No needles are used.
- I’m already receiving oxygen treatment, what precautions should I take?
If you are receiving both ventilation and oxygen therapy, it is recommended that you connect your ventilator first and then your oxygen. Conversely, disconnect your oxygen first and then your ventilator.
- When should I call my doctor?
You should talk to your doctor if your symptoms change, or current ones persist or get worse. In particular, you should contact them if you experience:- increased difficulty breathing- persistent bronchial congestion- dizziness- palpitations or headache- drowsiness
- Can I live normally under oxygen?
You can continue with all your current and favourite activities as long as they do not require great physical effort, and that you remember at all times your limitations.
- Can I go to high-altitude locations, such as in the mountains?
The concentration of oxygen in atmosphere decreases the higher we go. So before you make any plans, seek the advice of your doctor or specialist.
- The oxygen that I breathe is too dry, what to do?
Oxygen can sometimes cause dryness on the inner walls of the nose, throat and sinuses. If this happens to you, your doctor may prescribe a humidifier to ease these symptoms.
Dryness can also be a result of poor or incorrect positioning of the tips of your nasal cannula. Talk to your technician to make sure you are using the equipment properly.
Whatever is causing the dryness, DO NOT use ointment or moisturiser. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Remember also to stay properly hydrated (drink at least 1.5 litres of water every day).
- My machine is too noisy, how can I sleep?
If the compressor noise bothers you at night and disturbs your sleep, then try installing it in a different room to the one you sleep in. Be aware, though, that the connecting pipe must not be longer than 15 metres or you might not get the right amount of oxygen at the right rate. Ask your technician.
- What should I do if I am hospitalised?
Please tell us your hospital dates as soon as possible so that we can ensure the necessary technical and administrative monitoring. Do not forget to tell us in advance of returning home, so that we can provide the necessary care and ensure you have enough oxygen there.
- Can I travel?
Yes, but speak to your clinician first. Please inform us at least a month in advance so that we can ensure the continuity of your treatment in the best possible conditions.
If travelling in your own country: Warn us 2 weeks prior to your departure.
If travelling abroad: Warn us at least 1 month prior to your departure. We will endeavour, wherever possible and where necessary, to ensure the continuity of your treatment and we will inform you of certain formalities. You may require a certificate for your equipment if you are travelling outside of the European Union. You will be asked for a deposit cheque before departure.
- What other information should I tell Linde Homecare?
Please notify your local team if you change medical prescription or health insurance provider. And make sure we always have you current address and phone number, including when travelling.