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What is Home Respiratory Therapy?

Home respiratory therapies include home oxygen therapy, such as liquid oxygen and oxygen concentrators. It also includes home sleep therapy, such as CPAP and BiPAP devices. Home ventilation devices are also consider part of home respiratory therapy.

Why do some people need Home Respiratory Therapy?

Home Oxygen Therapy.Physicians prescribe home oxygen therapy for people who have lung or heart problems that may not get enough oxygen from the air around us. When a person does not get enough oxygen, he/she may experience difficulty breathing, fatigue, memory loss, headaches, and/or confusion. Supplemental oxygen helps these individuals, especially those diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), get the oxygen they need.

Home Sleep Therapy.Physicians prescribe home sleep therapy for individuals living with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This sleep disorder occurs when the airway is blocked or obstructed, resulting in no air moving into or out of the lungs. OSA may be due to various factors. OSA reduces the oxygen content in the blood and increases carbon dioxide levels. This can cause an increase in blood pressure, loss of restful healthy sleep, and daytime fatigue. Individuals requiring home sleep therapy will receive a Continuous Airway Pressure (CPAP) or Bi-Level (BiPAP) device which provides low-pressure airflow to a person’s airways, holding them open.

Home Ventilation Therapy.Physicians prescribe home ventilation for patients with acute or chronic respiratory failure, as well as those with neuromuscular disease. Ventilators can be used invasively or non-invasively. Invasive ventilation delivers ventilation through a tracheostomy and may be used 24 hours a day or less. Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) assistance delivers ventilation through a mask or mouthpiece connected to a ventilator to provide ventilation support during sleep or intermittently throughout the day. NIV provides the lung muscles with a chance to rest and improves breathing during the day.

How Can I Learn More About COPD?

It is always important to first talk with your doctor if you have questions about your health. Additional information can be found at the following websites:

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Millions of Americans are living with COPD and Obstructive Sleep Apnea, experiencing acute respiratory failure, or living with neuromuscular diseases. These individuals rely upon home respiratory therapies to remain at home. Learn more about home respiratory therapies and how they can help.

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