Our veteran clinicians share their tips for success for oxygen therapy


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Ross Evans

Ross has been a Registered Respiratory Therapist for 8 years and he provides clinical support to Apria patients in the Northern Colorado region. In his spare time Ross enjoys fly fishing and watching hockey.

Q. What should I do if my oxygen tank throws off my balance? Is there a way to help moving it around or getting used to it?


A. Balance is very important, especially for people that use canes or walkers, to avoid falling. We offer shoulder bags or backpacks for portable tanks, both are good options for helping with balance. I especially recommend backpacks because they center the weight of the tank in the center of your back and make walking/keeping your balance easier. There are also wheeled carts to hold tanks that can pushed/pulled along side of you to avoid carrying the extra weight.

Q. My home oxygen concentrator builds up condensation in the tubing, what can I do to prevent that?


A.  A small amount of water droplets in the tubing is normal and generally not a big worry. However, it is possible for them to build up enough to clog the tube. If you are using a humidifier, first try using less water to avoid it flowing into the tubing. You can also add a water trap that will collect excess water, and can be emptied periodically. It is also a good idea to avoid having a fan blow on the tubing or anything that could make the tubing cold, which can make the condensation build up worse.

Q. How long is it ok to keep sealed oxygen tubing? I have sealed 25’ tubing from 2020 – does tubing stay good as long as it’s never been opened?


A. According to manufacturers that I have checked, unused and sealed oxygen tubing has a shelf life of 5 years, but check with the manufacturer of the tubing you have to make sure. If it is opened or used, it should be replaced every 3-6 months. 

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