FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHY IS EMERGENCY OXYGEN IMPORTANT DURING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY?
We all require oxygen to live. While the air normally provides sufficient oxygen, many injuries & illnesses can produce a condition known as “shock”. Medical shock can result in a life-threatening loss of oxygen and other nutrients to the cells of the body. During shock, the blood & oxygen normally carried to the brain & nervous system decreases. Bodily functions & processes slow down & vital organs begin to die. If the causes of shock are not removed or stopped, the result will be serious.
WHO SHOULD RECEIVE EMERGENCY OXYGEN?
Oxygen should be given to anyone with serious injuries, heart attack, fainting or other medical emergency if they show signs of medical shock or are thought to develop it.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY OF GIVING EMERGENCY OXYGEN?
For a breathing victim, oxygen via a mask increases the oxygen concentration of the inhaled air. For the non-breathing victim, oxygen fed into a CPR mask enriches the oxygen concentration being breathed into the victim during mouth to mouth resuscitation. In both cases, the amount of oxygen available to the victim is increased. The 'Lifesaver Emergency Oxygen Unit' is pre-set to deliver a safe level of oxygen. The unit requires no adjustment by the rescuer, eliminating any chance that an error may occur.
WHEN SHOULD EMERGENCY OXYGEN BE GIVEN?
Emergency oxygen should be given immediately after a clear and open airway is established.
WHY DO I NEED OXYGEN WHEN I HAVE A DEFIBRILLATOR ON SITE?
An AED (defibrillator) takes priority over oxygen in case of a non-breathing victim but oxygen will greatly enhance the effectiveness of defibrillation while awaiting the arrival of professional help.
CAN SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN BE HARMFUL?
A supplemental supply of emergency oxygen may enhance the likelihood of a better outcome for the victim. Research has found that oxygen does not suppress respiratory drive.
IS EMERGENCY OXYGEN STILL NEEDED WHEN THE VICTIMS BREATHING IMPROVES?
Yes! Oxygen can be given until professional help arrives. Maintaining emergency oxygen on the recovering victim may prevent relapse into cardio respiratory arrest.
WHO CAN PROVIDE EMERGENCY OXYGEN?
Anyone properly instructed in its use, and authorised to do so. Training on our equipment is very straightforward.
IS OXYGEN DANGEROUS? CAN IT CATCH FIRE OR EXPLODE?
Oxygen is perfectly safe when used and handled correctly.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM UNSURE WHETHER TO GIVE EMERGENCY OXYGEN?
Always give it. It is far better to use it, rather than miss the chance of improving a victims condition.