Home Care Safety
|Course Name||Home Care Safety|
|Course Catagory||Home Care|
Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Identify characteristics, applications, advantages, disadvantages, and precautions of basic home oxygen systems: Compressed cylinder gas, Home liquid oxygen systems, Oxygen concentrators
- Distinguish among applications and characteristics of common home oxygen delivery devices: Nasal cannula, Nasal cup, Nasal cannula concealed in eyeglass frames, Oxygen mask
- Identify elements in the rationale for devices designed to improve oxygen delivery efficiency.
- Identify design characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of oxygen conserving devices: Reservoir cannula, Electronic demand-pulsed oxygen, Transtracheal oxygen
Course InformationThe medical community universally recognizes long-term home oxygen as essential therapy for hypoxemic, chronic lung disease patients. Important scientific studies prove that chronically hypoxemic persons live longer when they receive oxygen continuously at home. In addition, most individuals with chronic lung disease gain even more when their home oxygen is portable.
Pulmonary rehabilitation experts tell us that patients are healthier and enjoy life more when they are active, mobile, and participating in daily activities. For patients needing oxygen, portable systems combine the proven benefits of continuous oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation: they live longer, require fewer hospitalizations, and enjoy a higher quality of life.
Most patients with portable systems also need a stationary oxygen source. They use the stationary source for most of the day, during sleep and wakeful rest. Some stationary systems can be moved with relative ease from room to room. Patients will then switch to portable oxygen for mobility when exercising, shopping, going to work, and even when traveling.