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Using Oxygen at Home

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

Why might I need to use oxygen at home?

You may need extra oxygen if you are not able to breathe enough oxygen on your own. You need a doctor's order to get oxygen therapy. The order will include how much you need and how often you need it. Use oxygen as directed.

What are the types of oxygen supply systems?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about the best oxygen supply system for you. For example, you may need it at night, only during exercise, or all the time. Oxygen can be supplied the following 3 ways:

What are the types of oxygen breathing devices?

Each device is connected to the oxygen supply with tubing. The tubing should be long enough to let you move around your house. You may need a humidifier to moisten the oxygen. This may prevent dryness in your nose, mouth, and throat. Ask your healthcare provider if you need a humidifier, and how to attach it to your oxygen supply.

How do I use oxygen safely?

How do I clean my oxygen supplies?

What are some general tips for oxygen use?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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