When you have to use oxygen in order to breathe easier in your life, you can't assume that your oxygen flow is working unless you have an oxygen analyzer on hand. Oxygen analyzer help to detect the levels of oxygen that's flowing into your cannula or out of your oxygen tank, alerting you to when you need to check the system or to when you need a new tank of oxygen. Even if you're not the one that needs the oxygen, you can be the one who can assist someone who does.
What Oxygen Does for the Body:
While we take breathing for granted, many people are well aware of just how important this process is – those with emphysema and other lung disorders, especially. Each time we breathe in, our lungs take in oxygen from the air, along with other gases. Our lungs then break down the air into separate gases and then they transport the oxygen to our blood cells. As our hearts beat, the blood (now oxygenated) is sent to the rest of the body. When this happens, we are able to continue to circulate blood as well as to process fuels in the body.
What Happens When We Don't Have Enough Oxygen:
Much as when you were told to poke holes in the top of a jar that held bugs, the oxygen analyzer will make sure that you are getting the recommended levels of oxygen from your tank – or that someone you love is. Oxygen analyzers help to make sure that the oxygen supply isn't completely cut off for when this happens, cells can begin to die, which can lead to widespread problems in your body. When oxygen is cut off to your brain, for example, your brain cells can die – and they can't be replaced. If your body is unable to process food and energy, your muscles can die too – including your heart muscle. It's easy to see how this becomes a catastrophic situation.
Monitoring Makes Sense:
By monitoring the flow of oxygen with oxygen analyzers, you can make sure you are carrying enough oxygen with you for you or for your family member. In addition, if you begin to notice that the tank is malfunctioning, you can call for service before things become dangerous. These portable oxygen analyzers are helpful if you're traveling especially or whenever you are going to be away from your additional toxygen tanks. When you are initially setting up the oxygen tank, checking the oxygen level will also alert you to problems in the setup or in the tubing that is moving from the tank to the cannula. If the tank is producing enough oxygen, but the patient's pulse ox level isn't going up, something's wrong with the tube – maybe a kink or a hole.
With an oxygen analyzer, you will see the percentage of oxygen that's being transferred. Working along with your physician or with the physician that your friend or family member goes to, you can learn what the normal range is and what to do if the level goes out of this range.
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