Oxygen Cylinder Program
Oxygen therapy is a treatment that involves the prescription of supplemental oxygen to people who cannot obtain enough oxygen through normal breathing. In healthy people, the lungs absorb adequate amounts of oxygen from regular air. In people affected by certain diseases andconditions, oxygen intake is restricted and supplemental oxygen may be needed.
Some of these conditions include:
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Late-stage heart failure
- Cystic fibrosis
- Other respiratory lung diseases
“Successful implementation of an oxygen protocol can improve compliance with accreditation agency requirements by reducing the number of missing and/or incomplete orders for oxygen therapy. Financial and patient outcomes can also be enhanced by discontinuing unnecessary oxygen use and initiating oxygen therapy when clinically needed.”