Oxygen & Respiratory

Oxygen is a high priority of ours. We strive to carry only the best equipment to ensure quality and reliability. USA made oxygen concentrators are supplied with state certified oxygen. We carry an array of products to cover needs of all levels day and night.

 

In the event of a life emergency we ask that you call 911 or go to your nearest hospital. If you have a situation that needs our immediate situation that without cause lead to a life emergency we have on-call staff 24/7 who are ready to assist you with your oxygen equipment or supply emergency.

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Oxygen & Respiratory Catalog

What You Need To Know About Oxygen Therapy

 

Your doctor has prescribed supplemental oxygen therapy. The good news is that many people lead very active lives despite needing oxygen, but using oxygen can also put you at risk. So it is important that you know how to keep yourself and those around you safe.

 

How Does Oxygen Therapy Work?

 

Oxygen therapy is used to increase the supply of oxygen in your lungs, which in turn, makes more oxygen available throughout your body. It can be delivered from high-pressure cylinders, cryogenic liquid containers, or oxygen concentrating devices. The oxygen flows from the supply through a long, thin plastic tube that connects to a breathing device worn by the client. Breathing device supplies we offer include nasal cannulas, facemasks, and tracheostomy tubes.

 

What Are The Risks?

 

One of the greatest risks of using oxygen is the potential for fire. NEVER smoke while breathing supplemental oxygen, this can cause the cigarette to burst into flame and ignite nearby clothing and furniture. (Smoking while oxygen is in use or nearby is the greatest cause of oxygen-user deaths.)

Oxygen used in a car (without good ventilation) can start a fire. Sparks or heat from a nearby smoker, a fire or cooking can set fire to the oxygen-using patient’s clothes. Similarly the flame from a match, candle, igniter or furnace pilot light; the hot element in a space heater or hair dryer; the electric arc produced when plugging in a television; metal grinding sparks and many other ordinary things can cause a fire on or around a patient using oxygen or the oxygen supply device itself can also be hazardous and explode if improperly used, hit, dropped, or if it leaks. Be sure when storing  unused oxygen cylinders to lay them gently on their side and in a safe location.

 

How Can I Keep Myself Safe?

 

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of fire:

 

  • Read, understand, and follow the oxygen device instruction for use and safety

  • Never smoke while using oxygen or near an oxygen supply

  • Keep yourself and the oxygen supply at least five feet (1.5 meters) away from:

    • ​any fire, stove, oven, grill, or other heat source or open flame

    • electrical appliances that makes sparks

    • elements that produced high heat, such as an electronic igniter, toaster, space heater, hair dryer or electric motor

  • Do not use flammable aerosol sprays (e.g. spray paint, hair spray) near the oxygen supply because they may spontaneously burn

  • Do not use cosmetics oils, waxes or grasses because they can easily burn in supplemental oxygen

  • Avoid static electric spark conditions. For example, do not use synthetic blankets because sparks could occur near the site of oxygen use.

  • Use a room humidifier to reduce the likelihood of static electric sparking

  • Keep oxygen concentrators, containers, and cylinders upright and placed so they cannot be hit, tipped, or knocked over

  • Never cover or place anything over an oxygen supply

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the area of oxygen use

 

In Case Of Fire, What Should I Do?

 

Should there be a fire involving oxygen or an oxygen supply, act quickly:

 

  • Shut off the oxygen supply or remove tubing from supply, if possible and if safe to do so

  • Get away from the oxygen delivery device, oxygen supply, and the fire

  • If the fire is on you, remove the oxygen delivery device, stop, drop, roll, and pat out any fire

  • Activate the fire area alarm and/or notify 911

  • Contain the fire by shutting room doors

  • Extinguish the fire with water or a fire extinguisher, if possible and if safe to do

Coverage

Oxygen is covered as a Durable Medical Equipment benefit stated in your member c provider has ordered it.

Oxygen is available via 3 methods:

1. Oxygen concentrator,

2. Oxygen gas cylinders,

3. Liquid oxygen system (2 types of units: stationary system & portable system)

Continuous Use of Oxygen and Oxygen Equipment

A period of continuous use allows for temporary interruptions in the use of the equipment. For breaks in need (beneficiary no longer needs or uses the equipment) of less than 90 days plus the days remaining in the last paid rental month, the period of continuous use does not start over and so the count of continuous months picks up where it left off before the break.

If, however, there is a break in need more than 90 days plus the days remaining in the last paid rental month, and the need for equipment resumes at a later date, a new period of continuous use, a new 36-month payment period, and a new Reasonable Useful Lifetime Period would begin provided that:

1. The supplier submits new medical necessity documentation and a narrative explaining why there was a break in need for the equipment; and

2. The contractor determines that there was a break in need of greater than 90 days plus the days remaining in the last paid rental month followed by a resumption in medical necessity for the oxygen equipment.

Maintenance and Servicing Fee:

Maintenance and servicing fee is covered and the fee covers all maintenance and servicing through the following 6 months after oxygen equipment has reached it rental cap period that are needed in order to keep the oxygen equipment in good working order.

Hygeia Oxygen Filing

At Hygeia, we fill our own liquid oxygen at our state of the art and cryogenic safe facility. Our well trained staff and technicians are certified liquid oxygen fillers who follow filing and safety procedures. This amenity gives us advantages over most of our competitors.

 

  • Faster service

  • FDA licensing

  • Better inventory and availability

  • Better staff knowledge

  • Better flexibility during emergencies and after hours

  • Better maintenance and safety procedures

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