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Carolina’s Home Medical Equipment provides oxygen therapy and nebulizer therapy serving the Charlotte, NC area. Whether you are one of our current customers, a Pulmonologist, Cardiologist or PCP we will provide and educate you or your patients on Invacare’s homefill oxygen system allowing our patients to fill their own small portable oxygen cylinders from their Invacare concentrators.  Our oxygen patients in Charlotte enjoy their freedom and independence with an unlimited supply of oxygen. Additionally we follow up with our customers at a minimum on a semi-annual basis for oxygen concentrator checks monitoring oxygen purity levels and ensuring proper equipment function.We also supply oxygen concentrators, portable oxygen including portable oxygen concentrators, a full line of oxygen supplies and 24 hour emergency oxygen service year round including respiratory therapists in the Charlotte area.  If you are in need of oxygen equipment or oxygen supplies for your oxygen concentrator give us a call at (704) 846-7503.Details about our oxygen therapy services and our respiratory products are below.  Should you have any questions please contact our respiratory therapist for your oxygen therapy needs in the Charlotte metro area. 

Oxygen is 21% of the air we breathe.  When our lungs are damaged, obstructed, or restricted, they cannot oxygenate the blood.  Each cell in our bodies must have oxygen to live.  Raising the oxygen percentage allows more oxygen to pass in the blood.  Your physician must order oxygen.  If you live in the Charlotte area just have your physician send us your prescription and we will follow up with your doctor.

Delivery Modes:  There are three basic ways oxygen can be delivered.  Oxygen concentrators are the most common and they are machines that concentrate the oxygen in the air we breathe.  Compressed cylinders contain oxygen under pressure and allow portability.  This pressurized oxygen is measured in pounds-per-square-inch with a gauge, or psig.  Liquid oxygen is oxygen that has been cooled to allow it to turn into a liquid.  This liquid is converted back into a gas when it’s brought back to room temperature.  Liquid systems require no electrical power and can be packaged for portability.  Carolina’s Home Medical Equipment does not offer liquid oxygen systems but offers the safer more reliable and convenient oxygen modality called Homefill by Invacare.

Use: Once the oxygen delivery method is decided upon, an appliance must be used to deliver the oxygen to the patient.   The most common are nasal cannulas and oxygen masks.  Nasal cannulas are prongs that are inserted into the nose and are suited for most needs.  Nasal cannulas have curved prongs and the curve side should be down.  These cannulas should be changed every two weeks or when they are soiled.  Cannulas work exactly the same whether the user is a mouth breather or a nasal breather.  When reading your flowmeter, you must read the middle of the float, not the top.  Carolina’s Home Medical Equipment will provide you will all of your oxygen therapy supplies in the Charlotte area.

Oxygen masks cover the entire nose and mouth areas and are intended for higher flowrates and oxygen percentages.  A good seal on the face is needed to deliver accurate oxygen amounts.  The holes on the side of the mask should never be obstructed.  These ports allow your exhaled air to vent out of the mask.  The minimum flowrate on an oxygen mask is 5 LPM.  Should you require an oxygen mask we will be happy to provide these to our oxygen therapy patients.
Carolina’s Home Medical Equipment provides Invacare’s Homefill Oxygen system and Oxygen concentrators in the Charlotte, NC area allowing patients the capability and freedom to fill their own tanks as opposed to relying on having to wait for their oxygen to be delivered.   We will setup your oxygen system at your residence in the Charlotte, NC area.

Portable Oxygen

Invacare Homefill There are many models and manufacturers of portable oxygen systems and devices (Invacare Homefill pictured left). Your physician can help decide whether you are able to tolerate a conserving device for your oxygen, which can increase your available options when it comes to portable oxygen. Most of the smaller devices either require a “pulse” does of oxygen or only offer a continuous flow feature at 2 liters per minute. Your physician or a respiratory therapist should be able to determine whether you can trigger the conserving device. Basically with a nasal cannula in your nose, upon inhale you will trigger the device to deliver you a burst of oxygen. As opposed to the unit or tank always delivering oxygen it only delivers it when you are going to use it, thus extending the length of time a tank will last. Portable concentrators are limited in the amount of oxygen they can produce and store, so all of the smaller models only offer the “pulse” conserving doses. Carolina’s Home Medical Equipment has respiratory therapists on staff to help you with your portable oxygen needs.