Travelling with Oxygen
Many people with Respiratory conditions such as Emphysema, Chronic Obstructive pulmonary disease and other conditions experience shortness of breath with activity. When travelling in an aircraft there is less oxygen in the air at higher altitudes and people with lung conditions may require supplementary oxygen.
If a person with a known lung condition is going to fly and thinks they may require oxygen these are a few guidelines which may be useful:
Consult your doctor or Physician to see if they think supplementary oxygen is necessary.
If prescribed, download the airlines medical form from the Special needs section on their website for your doctor to sign.
Decide if you wish the airline to provide the oxygen or you wish to use a Portable oxygen concentrator.
If prescribed oxygen make sure you use it for the whole flight.
If you require oxygen when you get off the plane a portable oxygen concentrator may be a better option.
If you are hiring a portable concentrator or bringing your own the airline will need to know the brand name and model.
Portable oxygen concentrators differ in their size, battery duration, oxygen producing capacity, and how they deliver oxygen. They have to be operated on their own battery power on domestic flights but can be plugged in on some international airlines.
There are a number of brands and models available and it is best to determine which on best suits the persons needs.
It is important to be assessed using a portable concentrator if you haven’t used it before.
Following medical guidelines is the best way to ensure a safe and happy holiday.
For further information phone 1300 738 003