Can a person get too much oxygen. ie: my grandkids turn the knob on my oxygenator up. So instead of getting 2 liters per minute , I may get 4or5 liters per minute. How will this affect me?
If you have severe COPD too much oxygen can stop a person from breathing because it causes the mechanisms of breathing to shut down and it can also cause seizures and tissue damage in some people. Too much oxygen usually just causes dizziness or lightheadedness at first but can lead to pulmonary edema and other problems. You can actually get oxygen toxicity. Oxygen is a medical device, NOT something for children to play with. There is gas (oxygen) under pressure in those tanks and there is a possibility they can become injured. Even with a concentrator that pulls the O2 from the air, they should not be allowed to play with this device. An oxygen concentrator has an air compressor, two cylinders filled with zeolite pellets, a pressure equalizing reservoir, and some valves and tubes-this doesnt sound like a toy! Concentators are expensive to replace. They also are connected to electricity. You need to establish that this is NOT something to play with! Oxygen should be treated the same as a medication! You wouldnt let your grandkids play with your medications, would you? No. You need to set the boundaries that this is "off limits" and enlist help from the parents.
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