When using a portable oxygen tank, it is important that you know how long it will last so that you can ensure that your oxygen tank is ready to use when you need it. Continue reading to find out more about the longevity of home oxygen!  If you have any questions, please reach out to Life Tech to connect with our expert staff or browse our respiratory equipment. 

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What is Oxygen Therapy? 

  • Oxygen therapy is a type of treatment that provides extra oxygen to the patient. Individuals with chronic lung disease may need supplemental oxygen for their organs to function properly. A few examples of conditions that would need oxygen therapy include COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, sleep apnea, pneumonia, and other respiratory conditions.  

What You Need to Know About Oxygen Tanks  

  • Oxygen used for oxygen therapy is stored within oxygen cylinders that are metal tanks which safely store compressed oxygen. Once the nasal tube or face mask is connected to the oxygen tank, the patient can then begin safely receiving oxygen from the tank.  

  • The size of the oxygen tank is going to determine how long it will last. Typically, oxygen tanks have a 5–6-hour lifespan.  

  • It is important to pay attention to the oxygen regulator on your tank, so you know when it is time to switch it out. Generally, individuals will need to switch out their tanks daily. You can also use a conserver device with your oxygen tank, as it will deliver the oxygen in pulses rather than continuously. A conserver device will help your oxygen tank last longer because you're using less oxygen.  

When it comes to your oxygen tank, it is crucial that you know how often to switch out your tanks to ensure that you are receiving adequate amounts of oxygen. If you have any questions about your oxygen tanks or are interested in learning more about our oxygen products and services, contact our team today!