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      Vishal
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      I wanted to make a post about my dad’s oxygen setup as I think it can be helpful for a lot of people on here. When I was looking for information, it was a bit difficult to find.

      Oxygen Concentrator Setup:
      My dad’s on 12L at rest and we increase it to 14-15L whenever he gets up to do anything. We’ve hooked up two 10L machines with a “Y-connector” and run both at equal rates because if one is a way higher rate than the other, it causes back pressure in the machine at lower rate.

      The maximum capacity is 20L with this setup, but with another “Y-connector” we can set up 3 oxygen concentrators if we need to.

      Fun fact: Glassworkers use oxygen concentrators (sometimes 3 or more in tandem) for their work!!

      Oxygen Delivery Setup:

      • Nasal canula is recommended from 1-6L
      • Simple face mask is recommended from 6-12L
      • Non-rebreather mask is recommended for 10-15L

      Excellent youtube video explaining these three methods of oxygen delivery:

      My dad has used all three of the above as his oxygen needs have increased. He is now on the partial non-rebreather mask. CAVEAT: You have to let the bag fill with oxygen before placing it on the patient for use!! I didn’t know this at first and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working.

      Challenges:
      1) The main challenge with oxgyen supplementation has been drying of the nasal passages. The nasal cannula was especially awful – it would dry out my dad’s nose and cause nosebleeds, which would scab over and cause him a lot of discomfort and trouble breathing. To alleviate this, we did the following:

      • Attached humidifier bottles to both oxygen concentrators
      • Use nasal cream
      • Drink more water

      As we switched to the simple face mask and non-rebreather mask, the nasal dryness went away for the most part. Now he’s complaining more of mouth/throat dryness. So, in addition to the above, we’ve started using Spry Xylitol moisturizing mouth spray and chew sugar-free gum that causes his mouth to salivate. All of this has helped a lot but the dryness continues to be an issue.

      2) Another thing I’ve read about is that full non-rebreather masks are meant to provide high % of oxygen for a short amount of time only. Such high levels of Oxygen % can cause a lot of oxidative damage to the body. I’m going to ask our respirologist about this and see if the same thing is true for partial non-rebreather masks and if we can use it long term.

      I hope people find this helpful and please let me know what your Oxygen setup is. I’m curious to know how many people have 2 oxygen concentrators (or more) hooked up.

      Thank you,
      Vishal

      • This topic was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by Charlene Marshall.
      • This topic was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by Vishal.
    • #27414
      Mark Koziol
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      Hello Vishal, you have made a great post. Thank you for sharing. Have a great Sunday, Mark.

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