Passport, bag and oxygen…

Holiday and travel to some people is the one period of time we feel relaxed, refreshed, indulged or even liberated. Travelling is a luxury and for some a necessity to free themselves from the every-day pressure of work life but for others with the need for supplemental oxygen, life threatening respiratory illnesses; sourcing and organising  medical oxygen is the first item on the list when going on holiday.

Oxygen Worldwide was setup to make travelling with oxygen a seamless service without it becoming a problem just part of the holiday check list. With the experience, 24hour customer service line and extensive network of oxygen suppliers internationally Oxygen Worldwide can arrange your holiday with oxygen effectively, efficiently and tailor-made to your needs.

For those oxygen patients who love to travel and don’t want to be tied down by conventional oxygen therapy you can purchase direct from OxygenWorldwide’s outlet site new and reconditioned portable oxygen concentrators.

With proper planning and guidance, you can go on a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation without worry with OxygenWorldwide.

Advertisements

The dangers of summer

Whatever stage your respiratory disease may be at, preventing flare-ups is highly important to ensure you stay as healthy as possible and to keep your breathing as easy as possible. This means you need to be aware of the triggers and eliminating any exposure to cigarette smoke, fire smoke, dust, chemicals, excessive wind and pollution. Breathing can also be difficult at temperatures around or below freezing, above 90 degrees F, or on days with high humidity, ozone levels or pollen counts.

sea
Many patients have a component of asthma and some prefer warm, dry climates whereas others may prefer more humid environments.

Extreme hot or cold conditions can put stress on the entire body. In order to maintain a constant body temperature, you exert additional energy to warm or cool it down. This additional energy requirement also increases the amount of oxygen that your body is using. Breathing hot or cold air can also have a drying or irritating effect on the airway causing bronchospasm (contraction of the smooth muscle that surrounds the airway). This decreases the size of the airway and makes it more difficult to get the air in and out of the lung, increasing shortness of breath.
In general most patients find that they prefer minimal humidity levels of about 40%. This is also true of indoor humidity levels which can be difficult to maintain throughout the year, if it is a hot summer or a cold winter with the heating on. You can purchase a humidifier that works with your heating system or independent units for single rooms. De-humidifiers can also be purchased to help lower the humidity in certain rooms.

High indoor humidity is often also the source of mould growth in the home which is another trigger, as well as an increase in common indoor air pollutants like dust mites, cockroaches, bacteria and viruses. Also as humidity increases, the density of the air increases. This more dense air creates more resistance to airflow in the airway, resulting in an increased work of breathing (i.e. more shortness of breath).

Look out for common signs of high humidity:
•    flooding or rainwater leaks from the roof or basement/crawl space
•    poorly connected pipes or leaky pipes under sinks or in showers
•    carpet that remains damp
•    poorly ventilated bathrooms and kitchens
•    condensation build-up from humidifiers and dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and drip pans under refrigerators/freezers

Here are some helpful pointers for when it is hot, although many are applicable to other weather conditions as well:
1.    Drink plenty of fluids, fairly obvious for Australians, but please take into account if you have a fluid restriction.
2.    Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen.
3.    Plan your activities carefully. Try to organise your activities or exercise for the coolest times of the day – early in the morning, or in the evening. When driving, park in shady areas if possible, and choose places to go that are air conditioned. Place sun protectors in your car when it is parked.
4.    Keep cool, indoors. Use your air-conditioner if you have one and remember you do not need it to be freezing cold. A second benefit of the air conditioner is that it removes a great deal of humidity from the air as it cools it. If an air conditioner is not available, use fans and open windows to circulate the air during hot days. Special programmes are available in many places.
5.    Use the buddy system. This means making sure that someone contacts you at least twice a day to check that you are OK.
6.    Avoid rigorous exercise or excess activity.
7.    Take your medications as directed.
8.    Pay attention to weather reports.

References: http://www.healthline.com and http://lungfoundation.com and https://rotech.com

Home exchanges can make holidaying so much easier!

Holidays can be the experience of a lifetime but they can also be expensive and stressful to organise. If you are older, suffer a disability or chronic disease then you may have the additional expense of insurance, organising medical equipment or oxygen and perhaps having to pay more in order to have suitable accommodation. Swapping homes with another person in the country you want to vacate in could be the answer.

house-296616_640

If they have similar circumstances then their home will be already adapted or suitable for your needs. It will feel more homely than a hotel room or apartment. The owner will have contacts for reliable services you may need whilst on your stay and have local knowledge and suggestions for places to visit. Most of all, you will save a lot of money on accommodation and can either save that money or spend it to do extra special things on your holiday that you may otherwise be ill-afford to have done.

Because you’re both swapping homes then both parties are in the same boat when it comes to safety and ensuring that your home is looked after. You can exchange concerns and wishes prior to the exchange and only confirm the exchange once you are happy to do so. There is also the support from the company that you do it through.

Some people swap for just a week or two, or some go on longer holidays for a few months and live in a different home in different countries and travel around the world. You may stay 2 weeks in Dubai, 2 weeks in Croatia a week in Spain and another in France, the world is you oyster. All you need to do is find a home exchange partner in each country that is available around the time of your holiday. There are members that have second homes or holiday homes with a lot of availability.
All you need to do is join, list your property, search for members’ homes that you’re interested in staying in, communicate all your needs and arrangements and then enjoy a fabulous holiday!

If you’re worried about arranging medical equipment or oxygen if you wish to travel from place to place then don’t be, there are global companies that can provide you continuous support for the whole duration of your holiday even across different countries.

Home Exchanges are becoming increasingly popular as the cheapest and best way to enjoy your holiday!

References: http://www.homeexchange.com and http://www.guardianhomeexchange.co.uk and http://www.oxygenworldwide.com

Fit to fly?

 

Billions of us travel by air each year however we are all individuals with varying needs, including a range of medical conditions and all airlines have different policies regarding this. For example some airlines will require a medical certificate to prove that you fit to fly.

plane2

The airline needs to ensure that air travel will not worsen or agitate a pre-existing condition and also that the patient’s ailment will not affect the comfort or safety of other passengers on the flight. Regardless of a doctor’s medical certificate the final decision remains with the airline and the captain of the flight and they may still refuse carriage.

A main considering factor involved in this decision making process is the affect of altitude, humidity and oxygen saturation levels during flight. Modern aircraft have a cabin altitude pressure equivalent of between 5,000 and 8,000 feet above sea level. (source: cyprusairways.com) This means that your blood will not be as saturated with oxygen and can affect breathing, cardiac activity, circulation and brain activity. Sometimes during flight, although not normally for long periods of time, a person’s oxygen saturation level can fall to 90%. A healthy individual can tolerate this temporary change with no problems however a patient with cardiac, anaemia or respiratory problems may find themselves in serious difficulties.

Aircraft cabins have low humidity levels that dry out the air; this can cause dryness of the skin or other mucous membranes within the body such as the throat and lungs and affect respiration.

Reduced cabin pressure can also cause gas volume expansion. Any gas that may have inadvertently been introduced to the body during surgery could then expand and cause pain or even perforation through the membrane.

A main deciding factor in whether or not a person may be considered ‘fit to fly’ is their oxygen saturation level. If a person’s saturation level is equal to, or more than 95%, they do not need oxygen for flying. If an asthma sufferer has a stable status then they should be able to fly as long as they keep their medication to hand. Anyone with an active exacerbation of respiratory disease should wait until their condition has improved before considering to fly. Consultation with a doctor or respiratory specialist will aid in ascertaining whether it is wise to fly or whether additional aids or medication would be wise to use during the flight. This may also help to persuade the airline that you are fit to fly.

As passengers sometimes cannot take their own oxygen equipment on board due to regulatory requirements although this is changing and more and more POC’s (portable oxygen concentrators) are allowed on board of the aircraft.


If a passenger has used oxygen provided by the airline company he or she will have to pre-arrange oxygen at the end of the flight. OxygenWorldwide does provide an Airport Service where they have somone waiting at the door of the aircraft to hand over a portable oxygen device so one can travel onwards to their hotel or other holiday destination.

Please check with OxygenWoldwide for availability on your destination

Make holidays come true

Counting down the days until summer? OxygenWorldwide could be the gateway to your holiday plans… and a breath of fresh air

Whether you’re jetting off to a sun-drenched beach, considering a Eurostar getaway with friends, or a long-haul dream destination, OxygenWorldwide are here to help organise your medical oxygen plans.

By using the right suppliers and preparing your needs your holiday could be happening sooner than you think, our team is here to help.

Historically, oxygen-dependent passengers were met with many obstacles when they tried traveling with oxygen by airplane.

To date, there are 21 oxygen concentrators approved by the FAA to carry on board your flight. They include:

  • AirSep Focus
  • AirSep FreeStyle
  • AirSep FreeStyle 5
  • AirSep LifeStyle
  • Delphi RS-00400
  • DeVilbiss iGo
  • Inogen One
  • Inogen G2
  • Inogen One G3
  • Inova Labs LifeChoice
  • Inova Labs LifeChoice Activox
  • International Biophysics LifeChoice
  • Invacare XPO2
  • Invacare Solo2
  • Oxlife Independence Oxygen Concentrator
  • Oxus RS-00400
  • Precision Medical EasyPulse
  • Respironics EverGo
  • Respironics Simply Go
  • Sequal
  • SeQual SAROS

Please check with your airline before your travel.

In light of the new ruling, passengers must still meet certain pre-boarding conditions, including advance check-ins, having a fully charged battery for 150% of the flight time, a doctor’s statement of medical necessity and properly packaged extra batteries.

For more information on oxygen travel, portable oxygen back up and travelling with medical oxygen, please speak with our team or make an enquiry at http://www.oxygenworldwide.com

New Year New You

15891110-happy-new-year-2013-greeting-card-in-tag-cloud

New Year’s Eve is perhaps the most intensely and raucously celebrated night of the year. After all the fanfare, fiestas and fun that are over, it is time for those resolutions!

It’s a brand new year. A time of great hope and optimism as we pocket all the old worries, fears and failures that plagued the last one.

We believe there’s no better way to mark the significance of such a blessed milestone than committing to some New Year Resolutions. Have you given it any thought? Now’s the time!

We all know the “usuals” and they invariably have to do with achieving a greater level of health. People everywhere want to begin anew by getting in shape, eating healthy, exercising.

We researched a list of the most popular resolutions and posted them for you here. See any that strike your fancy?

Most Popular New Year Resolutions


      • Eat Healthy Food
      • Travel to a new destination
      • Do more exercise
      • Visit a long-lost friend
      • Save Money
      • Book your summer holiday
      • Volunteer to Help Others

H-O-L-I-D-A-Y-S

Oxygen Worldwide can help with the organistion of medical oxygen when traveling abroad. Please contact our 24 hour team on [+34] 96.688.28.73 or [+34] 96.688.28.71, so that we can help you as much as possible on your trip.

  • Health
  • Overseas
  • Lungs
  • Insurance
  • Details
  • Accommodation
  • Your friends & family
  • Safety
Health

During a flight, the high altitudes will cause the partial pressure of oxygen to naturally fall. Healthy people are largely unaffected, but if your oxygen levels at sea level are already low, flying can have serious implications. You may be advised by your doctor to increase your flow rate during the flight.

Overseas Flights

Before booking a flight, check with the airline to see if they can assist with your in-flight oxygen needs. Most airlines provide oxygen during the flight at an additional cost. The maximum flow rate provided by the airlines is normally restricted to 4 litres per minute.

Remember to check what the cost will be and also what documentation they require you to complete.

Planning in advance is always the key when booking your holiday.

Lungs

The British Lung Foundation is a great charity find out more by visiting their website at www.britishlungfoundation.org

Insurance

When abroad, you should travel with your European Health Insurance (EHIC – replacement for the E111) and ensure your insurance cover has your full medical history before you leave.

Details

If you are a frequent traveller with a particular airline then you can apply for a FREMAC medical card (Frequent Travellers Medical Card) to save a replication of medical forms, providing your circumstances do not change. FREMAC is issued by most airlines.

Accommodation

Remember to plan ahead.

In approved destinations, Oxygen Worldwide will help you to order oxygen with an overseas provider. Oxygen Worldwide can help take care of all the organisation even if you are traveling onto another area, country. We have extensive network of organisations, knowledge and netorks.

Your Friends & Family

For short trips you may decide to take oxygen supplies with you.  If you wish to discuss the provision of oxygen at your holiday destination then contact Oxygen Worldwide on info@oxygenworldwide.com who will discuss the best options available.

Safety

Remember the safety aspects apply when travelling as they do when you are at home. Ensure your equipment is stored safely and that you fully understand how to use your equipment if abroad -if different than your own.