Traveling with Oxygen – Part 1

traveling with oxygen
People who have severe lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or shortness of breath often will rely on supplemental oxygen. Many research studies have shown an increase of survival rates from people who use oxygen greater than 14 hours daily and can allow individuals do normal everyday activities. Some individuals with oxygen have with more restrictions than others.

In general you will want to avoid traveling in high elevations, extreme temperatures, and very humid environments because of increased difficulty breathing. You will want to have several copies of a physician’s statement with you that specifies your general condition, ability to travel, the need for medical oxygen, oxygen flow rate, and duration of oxygen requirements. The letter should also contain the doctor’s address, office, and after hours telephone numbers, and a fax number.

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