How To Deal With A Tangled Oxygen Line

How To Deal With A Tangled Oxygen Line

For those who use oxygen to help manage their COPD, the tube line can often pose a bit of a problem. If you’re not careful with your oxygen line, just walking from room to room can become hazardous. Having an extra long line can be helpful in the house, but it can also present a few problems. There were many times that my mom would be walking through the house only to be jarred to a stop by the long oxygen line either being stepped on or wrapping around something that she didn’t see.

Here are a few tips to tame the tangled mess.

  1. Coil It Up – Although you may sometimes need the full extension of the line, it could be easier to shorten the section you will be using by coiling up the excess and placing it near the concentrator until it is needed. Then you can pull off a few extra feet as you need it. This will keep extra line from following you around the house. For example, my mom used a heavy sculpture to keep the extra line in place. She would lay the extra coil over the sculpture (basically circling the sculpture) so that as she would walk past it, the line extra line would not follow.
  2. Create a Collection Point – You can create collection points around the house. This would be especially helpful in a big house.  You could use the same concept as above with a heavy sculpture, a hook or even a mommy stroller hook would work great. For example, if you were going to be in the kitchen for an extended time and you didn’t want the line in the way of other people in other rooms, you could place the line out of the way in the room you will not be in and attach it to a collection point or “pivot” point when you get to the kitchen. This would keep the line from pulling in different directions as you move around the room.
  3. Find the Proper Coiling Method – This may sound odd, but my background in television production also helped in coiling mom’s line. There were many times that she would ask me to re-coil it to get the twists and kinks out. There is a method to the madness, and it is called “over under”. It would be very difficult to try to explain this verbally, so I would recommend finding a video online that will show you how to do this. If the line is coiled correctly, you would literally be able to toss it straight out, and it would land without any kinks. This takes practice, so I understand if this is simply outside of your scope of things to deal with. However, anytime you are going to store the line for an extended time, it would be good to do it this way. Also, sometimes a line needs to be retrained to lay out correctly. All types of cables will learn how they are coiled most often.
  4. Create a Warning Tug – One last thing to consider is finding a way to give yourself a warning tug. My mom would hang the line close to the concentrator. This did two things: It helped to keep water out of the line, but it also gave her a more gentle warning when she was getting to the end of her line.

I think the most important thing is to keep trying things until you find what works for you. There are so many different ways to accomplish the same thing, and we would love to hear from you.

What are some ways that you have found to deal with your tangled oxygen lines?

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  • Nrsdixie
    11 months ago

    I have tubing that doesnt kink or twist. It lays flat on the floor. Its the only kind i could ever use. Got it at Softhose . Com. Best cannulas also. Bless yall

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    11 months ago

    Hi Nrsdixie and thanks for sharing the information about tubing that works so well for you. There are lots of quality products available in the marketplace which address all our concerns.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Barb
    11 months ago

    To get away from the coiled oxygen tubing I use 8
    7 foot tubings with a swivel to connect the tubes.
    This is what they did for me when I was in the hospital to get me from the bed to the bathroom. You can connect as many 7 foot tubes as you need to get around your house. Once out of the package you just stretch them to straighten them out and they don’t coil. The swivels help keep them straight. I don’t have problems with tangled lines or tripping over the coiled lines. It has saved a lot of frustration.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    11 months ago

    Hi Barb and thank you for sharing what works for you at home with lengths of tubing. I imagine having eight 7 foot lengths of hose can become cumbersome at times. Be sure to exercise caution when moving around the house with so much tubing.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Buster66
    1 year ago

    If you use a swiveling connector between the tubing from the concentrator and the tubing to the cannula, that will help a lot in controlling kinks and tangles.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    That’s a good point, Buster, and an excellent suggestion. For the community, keep in mind there are various types of swivel adapters available for use with oxygen tubing. Your medical equipment supplier should be able to assist you with this. If you’d rather look for these on your own, a simple GOOGLE search using the words ‘oxygen swivel adapter’ will show a variety of equipment that is available for purchase.
    Thanks again, Buster, for sharing this wonderful idea.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Barb
    1 year ago

    When I was in the hospital a year ago they put 6 seven foot tubes together for my trips to the bathroom. When I came home the first thing I did was go to my supplier and ordered 7 of these for use in my home. It is the best choice I ever made.
    You take each short tube and connect it with the connector to the next tube. I use 5 to get around the house and if I want to go outside I add on 1 or 2 more. They are easy to add on or take off which ever you need.
    There is no worry about tripping over the excess cord (which I always swore the cord purposely grabbed my foot).
    It never coils up or gets tangled.

  • Susan
    1 year ago

    I have a 50 foot one , I place mine over the door handles so that way it is not on the floor but loose enough to move with me without falling over it .

  • Linda
    1 year ago

    I have 50 feet of tubing connected so I can reach upstairs and also to the back/front porch. When I know I’m going to be downstairs for awhile I disconnect 25 feet of the tubing and put it aside. That way I don’t have as much getting in the way. But I like your ideas better and I’ll try them.

  • ttony
    1 year ago

    yes i understand ! your doing good god bless! the best answer is already answered .smile>>>>

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