As with all medication, it is important that you follow your prescription.
Long term oxygen therapy (LTOT)
Your doctor will prescribe both an oxygen dose given in litres per minute (l/min or LPM) and a daily treatment time outlining how many hours per day you should use the oxygen. As hypoxia is chronic, treatment time needs to be a minimum of 16 hours but the treatment can be prescribed for the full 24 hours per day.
Your doctor will write the prescription in consultation with a nurse and, sometimes, a physiotherapist as well. Your oxygen need varies depending on whether you are active or at rest, and so the correct dose needs to be calculated.
Follow-up appointments to track your treatment will be arranged in order to ensure that:
- LTOT treatment is still required
- your oxygen order is still adequate (and so delivering the best healthcare benefits possible)
- you are following the treatment properly
- any concerns or problems you have can be addressed
Contact your doctor if you think that your condition has either improved or worsened. You must not ever change your prescription – increasing or decreasing your hours of treatment or the oxygen dose – without first consulting your doctor.
Sleep and ventilation therapyComplying with your sleep and/or ventilation prescription(s) can make a major difference to your health and wellbeing. The more closely you adhere to your doctor’s instructions, the more you will benefit from your treatment.
Patient follow-up visits and compliance checks are often performed by Linde clinical staff, and they will work with you to ensure that you understand your condition, what your treatment involves, and how best to use the equipment. These are important elements of Linde’s service offer to you.
Using your equipment
Your equipment is configured for you. You should never modify the settings without first consulting your doctor. Only healthcare professionals or your Linde technician are authorised to touch your ventilator.
Making sure your mask fits properly and is comfortable is crucial to ensuring you get the best results from your device. So take time at the start of your treatment to get this right.
Do not overtighten the straps. The mask should always feel comfortable and secure. This will also help prevent leaks.
You will soon get used to breathing through a well-fitting ventilator mask.
How long should I keep my machine on?
For treatment to be effective you should use the equipment in accordance with the prescription from your doctor (the average recommended duration can be found on your prescription).