I was diagnosed just over 3 yrs. ago with COPD, put on oxygen right away. Over the last three years I have had 3 regulators fail. Yes, FAIL!
Thankfully the first two were at home and since I have always had two I was ok till I got a replacement. However this last time yesterday, see story was scary to say the least.
10-25 …..I was going to a hotel to reserve a room for a friend. I picked up the small tank in the sleeve (red band) to check the oxygen level,, it was totally empty!! Strange as when I used it just the prior day I put a full tank in as there was just a small amount in the one I replaced. Anyway I put a new tank in and checked it. It registered full so I set it on conserve and went to truck. Put the tank in the passenger seat as always, and went to the hotel which is less than 15 min away. All this time it was on conserve 5 LPM. Checked it as I was about to go into hotel only to find it also was totally empty. ??? Lucky for me I also had my cart with two tanks (yellow band) on it. It was in the back seat so I was able to get it out and go into hotel and then put it in the front seat going back home as the tubing was not long enough to reach me in the front seat. Lost two tank-fulls of oxygen. The regulator on the small tank went bad … BUT when I got home I had to park in driveway, taking several minutes to remove tubing from nose, walk around truck, open door get tubing, and tanks out. Even though that in it’s self does not sound like a long time but when you need oxygen and can’t get it RIGHT now it seems longer than it really is…Then I put the tanks back in the back seat area and;
Solution was to remove existing tubing, add about 10 ft to the tank and put it back in the backseat. Added 2 swivels, 2 “y” connectors and 2 straight connectors.
I have to think, what would have happened if I did not have the other tanks with me?
Has anyone else had issues with their regulators?