If you have a lung problem such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or pulmonary fibrosis, you might have low oxygen levels. If so, you may need extra oxygen, or oxygen therapy. Oxygen therapy is given using special equipment. This animation tells you about using an oxygen tank, also known as an oxygen cylinder. An oxygen tank is a metal cylinder filled with compressed oxygen. Oxygen tanks come in both large and small sizes. The large ones usually stay in one place, such as your home. The smaller ones are portable. You can roll them around with you or even carry them in a backpack. Watch to learn how oxygen tanks work, their parts, and how to use them effectively and safely. Always consult your healthcare provider if you have questions about your oxygen therapy prescription and using your oxygen equipment.
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This educational activity has been developed by American Thoracic Society, COPD Foundation and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.
Disclaimer: The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult your doctor about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The visuals provided are meant to be representations only. No specific brand of oxygen equipment is being promoted or endorsed.
This activity is supported by educational grants from: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and the Gawlicki Family Foundation
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