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Oxygen Cylinder For Home: Usage Tips, Safety Guidelines

Life is all that matters above financial and emotional needs. As COVID-19 looms, the importance and need of an Oxygen Cylinder is increased. It is high in demand for use at homes and for residential oxygen supply purposes.

With hospital beds getting scant across the nation, the doctors and physicians have recommended patients having oxygen saturation (SpO2%) level lower than 90% to use an Oxygen Cylinder at home to boost their oxygen saturation levels to a safe point i.e., between 93 to 98%. The first target is to achieve up to 92% of SpO2 level as it is safe and best.

An oximeter is a portable and compact electronic device that measures and displays your blood oxygen level over the small screen, along with heart rate units. It is a finger-sensor device that provide accurate and real-time readings.

An Oxygen Cylinder is a portable, highly pressurize container containing 95% pure oxygen gas at the standard pressure of 2000 psi. The structure is designed utilizing cutting-edge technology to ensure non-reactive and seamless tempered container to hold compressed O2 gas for medical and therapeutic purposes at homes.

People dealing with difficulty breathing use this Portable Oxygen Cylinder that delivers O2 gas to the users via oxygen mask, oxygen tent, or nasal cannula in order to maintain aerobic metabolism in the body. Tradeindia deals in different capacities of O2 (oxygen cylinders) depending upon the requirements.

Important components and their function

The basic parts of oxygen tank (cylinder) include:

  1. Valve post
  2. Tank on/off valve
  3. Cylinder wrench
  4. An opening below the valve through which oxygen is released
  5. Holes for alignment with the regulator using a washer

The parts of regulator that are likely to be used are:

  1. Regulator yoke: This consists of pins for alignment with the tank.
  2. T-handle: To tighten yoke to the post.
  3. Pressure gauge: This shows the amount of pressure in the cylinder.
  4. Flow regulator knob
  5. Flow meter
  6. Nipple adaptor

The oxygen kit comes with a tube, a connector and a nasal cannulas or a face mask. The nasal cannulas/ face mask is connected to the tube that is attached to the regulator; and the regulator is connected to the O2 cylinder.

Tips for using Oxygen Cylinder at home

  1. Align the tank and the regulator.
  2. Place the cylinder wrench on the top of the cylinder’s on-off valve.
  3. Ensure the face mask fits perfectly on the face, leaving no room for leakages around nose and cheeks.
  4. Tighten the strap against the cheek, and press the metal clip to conform to shape of nose and seal the mask.
  5. Attach the oxygen tube to the nipple adaptor found below the flow regulator knob. Turn it tight.
  6. A full cylinder will read 2000 PSI (pounds per second inch). When you will turn the valve on by moving it counter-clockwise, you will find the deflection on the pressure gauge.
  7. As directed or prescribed by your doctor, adjust the flow regulator knob to the exact flow rate.
  8. Make sure the T-handle is tight.

Safety guidelines to keep in mind

Though oxygen is a safe gas, it can make flammable items catch fire easily. So, there are top safety tips to be considered when using an Oxygen Cylinder at home:

  1. Avoid using flammable products, like matches, cigarette lighters, paint thinner and aerosol spray.
  2. Never smoke and don’t let anyone smoke inside the room or near the area.
  3. Keep the cylinder upright and monitor the regulation.
  4. Do not use vaseline, petroleum-based ointments and creams on your face and upper chest.
  5. Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
  6. Keep your oxygen tank (cylinder) away from heat sources like stoves, fireplaces, heat ducts, radiators, and others.

It is always advised to store the Oxygen Cylinder in a well ventilated room or area to prevent accumulation of oxygen that sometimes get leaked in a small amount from the vessel. Continuous monitoring is indeed at this point. To ensure a perfect and limited supply of O2 to the patient, always keep track flow rate and pressure gauge.

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