Our veteran clinicians share their tips for success for oxygen therapy
Lesley has been a respiratory therapist for 35 years. In her current role here at Apria, she helps train clinical staff with new equipment and supports clinical program initiatives in the southeastern United States. In her free time you can find Lesley spending time with her kids and grandkids, or out enjoying the sun on her boat.
A. Your liter flow (level) is determined by your physician. They have considered multiple factors when prescribing your liter flow. Oxygen saturation testing, like pulse oximetry, is used to determine if your setting is appropriate. You can purchase a pulse oximeter and check your values at home. We normally want to see a saturation of at least 90%. Speak with your doctor about what oxygen saturation they would like you to normally maintain. Never adjust your liter flow without consulting with your doctor.
A. Both are important! If your doctor determined that you need both oxygen and CPAP at night they are not interchangeable and should be used together. CPAP treats obstructive sleep apnea by stenting your airway open to allow airflow. Oxygen treats a deficiency of oxygen in your blood. Oxygen will not flow into your body if your airway is obstructed. Used together, both your obstructive sleep apnea and oxygen deficiency are treated.