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Q: debilitating adult illnesses ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: debilitating adult illnesses
Category: Health > Conditions and Diseases
Asked by: razor616-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 28 Aug 2002 14:00 PDT
Expires: 27 Sep 2002 14:00 PDT
Question ID: 59590
what types of illnesses could involve an adult being placed on a
respirator for long-term, at-home care?
Subject: Re: debilitating adult illnesses
Answered By: angy-ga on 28 Aug 2002 21:15 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi, razor616 !

The American Association for Respiratory Care


"More and more people are using oxygen therapy outside the hospital,
permitting them to lead active, productive lives. People with asthma,
emphysema, chronic bronchitis, occupational lung disease, lung cancer,
cystic fibrosis, or congestive heart failure may use oxygen therapy at

A physician must write a prescription for oxygen therapy. The
prescription will spell out the flow rate, how much oxygen you need
per minute -- referred to as liters per minute (LPM or L/M) -- and
when you need to use oxygen. Some people use oxygen therapy only while
exercising, others only while sleeping, and still others need oxygen
continuously. Your physician will order a blood test that will
indicate what your oxygen level is and help determine what your needs

There are three common ways of providing oxygen therapy. Oxygen can be
delivered to your home in the form of a gas in various-sized cylinders
or as a liquid in a vessel. The third way to provide oxygen therapy is
by using an oxygen concentrator."

They go on to more detail on equipment, equipment care and safety

More advice from the same Associationis at:

The Medline Plus site has a wealth of general information about
respiratory diseases and their management at:

Good luck.
razor616-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
i can't believe i did all that searching and forgot entirely about medline!
thanks for the info.

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