What is home medical oxygen therapy?
Home medical oxygen therapy (HMOT) is often prescribed for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This is a lung condition that is common among older adults and covers conditions including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Low oxygen levels in the body can also be caused by pulmonary embolism, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, heart failure, chronic asthma, obstructive sleep apnoea and some cancers. Extensive studies in the past decades have shown that people with low levels of oxygen in their blood may benefit from receiving oxygen therapy.
How does home oxygen therapy work?
Healthy lungs provide adequate levels of oxygen to the vital organs that enable the body to function. When the lungs are damaged as a result of lung disease, they may not deliver enough oxygen to the blood.
The body can function with low levels of oxygen for short periods of time, but longer exposure to low oxygen levels may compromise the function of vital organs. This can damage the body.
Home medical oxygen therapy can help those with confirmed low blood oxygen by providing enough oxygen to vital organs.
What type of home oxygen equipment is available?
BOC offers all the equipment commonly used for oxygen therapy, ventilation therapy and aerosol therapy. We use equipment supplied by the leading global manufacturers and provide patient education and support in their use.
The most common type of oxygen therapy equipment is the oxygen concentrator, which concentrates oxygen by filtering the nitrogen out of the air. An oxygen concentrator can be a stationary device that uses electricity and includes a long tube that allows the patient to move freely around the home. Another type of oxygen equipment is the portable oxygen concentrator, which is lighter and allows the patient to leave the home and even travel.
We are here to help support you with a variety of options available. The large, freestanding cylinders are designed for home use, whereas lighter, portable cylinders can be carried in our sepcially designed backback or attached to aide appliances.
If you have any questions on how BOC can help with your oxygen therapy, please contact our friendly Customer Service team on 1800 050 999 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At BOC, we take great pride in the education and support information we provide our customers. The information education we provide focuses on safety as the highest priority.
We offer every customer the following information:
- Home oxygen therapy patient education booklet – this booklet includes comprehensive usage and safety information, troubleshooting, travel information and contact and support information.
- Setup and operating instruction sheet – These sheets are an easy to follow step by step instruction that the customer can refer back to at any time.
- On completion of our education we ask the customer or staff to complete a customer education form to ensure they have understood the instructions.
- All our oxygen concentrators have safety signage affixed keeping safety front of mind for the customer.