Handling Power Outages While Using Supplemental 02
As you can imagine, losing power for an extended period of time is very anxiety provoking when you require supplemental oxygen to breathe. Many of us living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) have access to both 02 tanks and portable oxygen concentrators (POCs). The former doesn’t require power to operate, although they don’t last long periods of time, whereas the latter does beyond its battery life. No matter where I go, I typically try to have both sources of supplemental oxygen with me in the event of a power outage.
The topic of power outages and using supplemental 02 have been previously discussed on this forum, but it is alway good to have a refresher and to post this important topic again for those who are new to our site. There are a few things I’ve been working on to proactively prepare for power outages and I wrote about them in a column called:Preparing for Power Outages as a Patient with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
One thing that has been really helpful to me is being aware of the Emergency Preparedness program that might exist in your community for those with a chronic condition. Information about this is found in my column link above.
What do you do to proactively prepare for a power outage as an IPF patient?
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