How to Gain Traveling Freedom with Portable Oxygen

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Portable oxygen concentrators are now approved for use in-flight by the FAA, allowing oxygen therapy patients to travel on overnight stays and live a life without limitations!

Once upon a time, being diagnosed as an oxygen therapy patient predestined a lifetime of housebound reliance on heavy, bulky tanks that limited mobility and made physical freedom a thing of the past. Not only were the oxygen machines awkward and highly pressurized, but they required frequent, costly refills, which were available only through scheduled home deliveries.

Today, however, Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POCs) allow patients to maintain their independent lifestyles without sacrificing quality therapy.

Portable oxygen concentrators have been approved for on-board use because they don’t use compressed oxygen, which is classified as hazardous and not allowed on planes. The supplemental battery and AC or DC power options make it easy for you to go just about anywhere without the concern of running out of oxygen, and letting you to be as active as you care to be.

Technological strides in the oxygen therapy industry mean that patients are no longer landlocked! Traveling with portable oxygen devices is not only F.A.A.-approved on U.S. commercial flights (as well as international flights that take off or land in the U.S.), but is now easier than ever, thanks to compact units like the Invacare XPO2, EverGo, and SeQual. For more information on these products, visit http://www.oxygen-solutions.com.

Portable oxygen machines have become smaller, lighter, safer and more convenient, providing freedom for the active oxygen user. They provide a nearly unlimited supply of oxygen for an enjoyable travel experience with O2. There are no tanks to refill and you never have to worry about running out of oxygen, while you travel freely between power sources.

Travel tips for oxygen patients

Airlines have varying policies for oxygen device travel, so be sure to ask your airline about any restrictions they might have. Prior to flying, it is also a good idea to speak with your doctor to ensure that air travel is safe for you, and to obtain a current prescription for your oxygen.

Traveling can seem daunting for people who require supplemental oxygen. But you don’t have to give up the ability to travel. With proper planning and guidance, you can go on a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation without worry.

The following are tips that you can use to plan your next trip.

  •     Speak with your doctor to make sure it is safe for you to travel.
  •     Obtain a current physician order (prescription) for your oxygen. Keep a copy with you at all times.
  •     Make sure to check with your carrier before you book your flight. Most airlines require that you contact them at least 48 hours before your flight departs to inform them you will be traveling with a POC.
  •     Contact your oxygen provider.

For further information on how to safely travel with portable oxygen concentrator batteries, please visit the Department of Transportation (DOT) website.

About Oxygen Solutions
Oxygen Solutions (http://www.oxygen-solutions.com) is the largest distributor of Portable Oxygen Systems on the Internet with over 25 years of collective experience. Our Respiratory Therapists work with patients to questions, address any concerns, and help select the best device available for each patient’s personal needs—at the lowest possible price. Call for a free estimate (888) 774-1004.

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