Home Oxygen Therapy Safety
At VitalAire, home oxygen safety is our number one priority and we follow strict protocols dictated by Provincial regulations, Health Canada licensing, Accreditation Canada, Canadian Standards Association and our own internal stringent requirements. This ensures the safest possible home oxygen systems for you.
Always follow the VitalAire safety instructions provided for your particular Oxygen Product.
Download the “Home Oxygen Safety” brochure HERE
Download the “Travelling wIth Oxygen” brochure HERE
We will also provide our home oxygen resource book “Home Oxygen Therapy; Everyday”, which covers safety tips and advice on:
- Daily life with oxygen therapy
- Types of home oxygen products
- Infection control guidelines
- What to do if you are very short of breath
- The next steps in living with COPD
- Finding a pulmonary rehabilitation clinic
Below is an overview of our safety actions, resources and procedures:
Products and Product Operation:
- All of our home oxygen equipment and supplies are Health Canada and CSA approved
- We fill our own cylinders and Liquid Systems at our Health Canada approved VitalAire Fill Plants.
- We will educate you and demonstrate proper home oxygen equipment operation
- Our Healthcare Professionals provide operating manuals and safety steps to follow for each hom eoxygen product
- We are on call for you 24/7 if equipment problems occur or if you have questions or concerns with your home oxygen therapy.
Excerpt from our: Infection Control Guidelines:
Seven effective habits to safeguard your health and the health of those around you:
1) If you are sick or have any of the symptoms of a respiratory infection, i.e. have a fever or cough, stay home from work, school or social activities and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
2) Avoid close contact with other people who are sick.
3) Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away immediately. Try to cough into your upper arm, never cough directly into your bare hand
4) Wash your hands often. Washing your hands often will help protect you from getting sick. When soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers.
5) Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. You can become ill by touching a surface contaminated with germs and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
6) Practice good health habits:
- Get plenty of sleep
- Be physically active
- Manage your stress
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Be compliant with your medications
- Eat nutritious foods
- Avoid smoking, which may increase the risk of serious consequences if you do contract a respiratory illness such as influenza
7) If you have a scheduled visit from one of our therapists or clinical staff, inform them ahead of time to let them know if you are ill or have a fever or cough.