Prescribed by a licensed physician, oxygen therapy is expected to increase the amount of oxygen in your blood, and can be prescribed for short-term or long-term use. Before your doctor prescribes long-term oxygen therapy, he or she must try all other available treatments to stabilize your condition - if you smoke, you will be advised to stop.
Raising low blood oxygen levels can improve sleeping and brain function and decrease shortness of breath. Oxygen therapy can also decrease your number of visits to the hospital and improve your general quality of life. The goals of oxygen therapy may include:
- Improved quality of life and enhanced longevity
- Decreased heart strain
- Increased tolerance for activity and exercise
- Palliation of late-stage and end-stage illness
Your need for oxygen therapy is determined by a clinical test. From there, your physician can determine if you require supplemental oxygen and what amount of oxygen should be prescribed. There are two typical tests:
- An arterial blood gas (ABG) test is usually completed in a hospital and requires a sample of blood be taken from one of your arteries.
- An oximetry test is non-invasive and can be administered by your doctor or other qualified health professional. A small sensor is placed, usually on your finger, to read how much oxygen is in your blood.
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Our clients receive same day service for oxygen therapy initiation. Your doctor will contact our office with your prescription information and we will deliver the necessary equipment right to your home.
Our health care professional will explain your options and work with you to determine the best combination of equipment to suit your needs. Clients participate in a one-on-one equipment demonstration and learn how the equipment works. After completing an orientation we teach our clients how to safely use and properly care for the equipment.
A care plan is developed in cooperation with the individual, their family and their health care team. Our approach is client-centred - each care plan is based on individual needs, goals and lifestyle. Any equipment or supplies you require during oxygen therapy will be delivered to you. We provide 24 hour emergency oxygen service with regulated health professionals on-call.
ProResp is a registered vendor of the Home Oxygen Program - our team will work with your physician to complete your application for funding with the Ministry of Health's Home Oxygen Program.