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You need you oxygen

I am at stage 3 and require a minimum of 6 lpm while at rest and as much as I can get walking. The yellow band tanks will last about 1 1/2 hours. Now here is my issue, with a full tank at home I leave and I go into a Dr office and by the time I get back home I have only 1/2 a tank left. Keeping in mind that I put the regulator on "conserve" when ever I am sitting down. Now what do I do with a 1/2 tank? 45 minutes is not a very long time. So I put a piece of tape on it saying its a 1/2 tank. Pretty soon I have several 1/2 tanks, not too crazy about going anyplace with them as I don't know how long they will really last..My solution is now I have a two wheeled cart that is made for 2 "C" label oxygen tanks. Now I can take 2... 1/2 full tanks or one full and 1... 1/2 full. ..I can get delayed in traffic and not have to worry or at the Dr office or where ever...

  1. I have the oxygen machines home. I can move them close to the door and they go up to 10 LPM and I can put enough tubing on them to accomplish about anything I need to do within 50 ft as far as oxygen needs. However as earlier stated I have to take a lot of breaks just to get my breath back, that's when proper breathing comes into effect.


    1. Hi again, Tom - we appreciate this latest response and explanation as to how you manage the oxygen supply and usage at home. It really does sound like you have all of this under control so you can continue using the oxygen for your daily activities.
      If there is anything we can do to assist you, please let me or any other moderator / team member know.
      Warm regards,
      Leon (site moderator COPD.net)


  2. Hi again, Tom - thanks for your post. I understand how you feel about managing several 1/2 full oxygen cylinders...not enough to travel with and cumbersome to have a few half empty cylinders to lug around.
    Perhaps you could keep the 1/2 empty tanks in the house for continued use. That way the oxygen won't go to waste as you can continue to use them at home.
    Then you could continue to take full cylinders with you for your excursions around town.
    What do you think?
    Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

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