BOC Healthcare offers the following services for our patients in the home:
How does home oxygen therapy work?
Home oxygen is often prescribed for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This is a lung condition that is common among older adults and covers conditions including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Low oxygen levels in the body can also be caused by pulmonary embolism, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, heart failure, chronic asthma, obstructive sleep apnoea and some cancers.
Extensive studies in the past decades have shown that people with low levels of oxygen in their blood benefit from receiving oxygen therapy at least 16 hours a day. Home oxygen therapy can help those with confirmed low blood oxygen by providing enough oxygen to vital organs. This, in turn, enables the patient to live longer.
What type of home oxygen equipment is available?
BOC Healthcare offers all the equipment commonly used for oxygen therapy, ventilation therapy and aerosol therapy. We use equipment supplied by the leading global manufacturers and provide patient education and support in their use.
The most common type of oxygen therapy equipment is the oxygen concentrator, which concentrates oxygen by filtering the nitrogen out of the air. An oxygen concentrator can be a stationary device that uses electricity and includes a long tube that allows the patient to move freely around the home. Another type of oxygen equipment is the portable oxygen concentrator, which is lighter and allows the patient to leave the home and even travel.
People who have been prescribed long-term oxygen therapy may also need medical oxygen cylinders as backup for their concentrator. The large, freestanding cylinders are designed for home use, whereas the lighter, portable cylinders can be carried in a backpack or attached to a wheelchair or walker.
With any questions on how BOC healthcare can help with your oxygen therapy, please contact our friendly Customer Support Centre at 0800 100 949 or email us at healthcareNZ@boc.com.