At the end of the session, the participant will develop an understanding of:
- The role of oxygen in managing COPD and indications for the prescription of oxygen.
- The benefits of using oxygen, not a cure for breathlessness.
- Different oxygen delivery systems, travel and safety guidelines.
This session may be facilitated by a respiratory nurse, doctor or physiotherapist.
– What oxygen is.
|Oxygen in air.|
Normal levels in blood – SpO2 (oxygen saturation by pulse oximeter).
|Better Living with COPD (Ch 14).|
|Indications for oxygen prescription.||Scientific basis of oxygen use in COPD to prolong survival.|
Minimal requirements if oxygen is low at rest.
|Nocturnal oxygen therapy trial group, 1980.
Report of Medical Research Council working party, 1981.
Prescription for home oxygen.
|Oxygen delivery systems.||Concentrators.|
|Pictures / devices for demonstration.
Nasal prongs, masks.
|Travel with oxygen.||Travel with concentrator/cylinder.|
Secure oxygen during car travel.
Flight testing with doctor.
|Safety guidelines.||Cleaning and maintenance.|
|Summary and discussion.||Energy company rebate.|