Need for Oxygen Therapy in Patients with Pneumonia

Do you like breathing? Of course, you do!! Since breathing is important to us, anytime we develop an issue with our lungs our quality of life, not to mention our well-being, can be in danger. One of the more dangerous issues that can be contracted is pneumonia. Imagine trying to breathe, but your each and every breath is less effective. Pneumonia affects approximately 450 million people globally and can cost millions in healthcare costs. Pneumonia can cause our lungs to reduce the amount of oxygen delivered to the body through our red blood cells. It is common to treat bacterial pneumonia with antibiotics while viral pneumonia can receive other treatments such as breathing treatments or oxygen therapy to increase pneumonia oxygen saturation levels in the blood.

What is Pneumonia?

We have all heard about pneumonia, but do we truly understand what it is and how it affects our breathing? Pneumonia is caused by bacteria or viruses that we inhale into our lungs. This is normally not a problem and can be treated in 2-3 weeks, but if we have underlying health issues, such as asthma or COPD, our lungs and body have a much tougher time fighting off these foreign pathogens. Pneumonia causes an inflammation of the lung parenchyma which affects the alveoli and the transfer of oxygen to red blood cells.

Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia

Pneumonia symptoms can be acute and can materialize suddenly. They include:

  • A cough that produces mucus from the lungs or even blood
  • Chest pain that is aggravated by coughing or inhaling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chills

These symptoms can be a sign of infection in the lungs that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs and can make it difficult to fully expand during inhalation. Often pneumonia can be treated at home, but underlying health issues can create a more dangerous situation and may require hospitalization. Take my word for it; this is not something to be taken lightly!!

How to treat Pneumonia with Supplemental Oxygen Therapy?

Our lungs take in air and transfer oxygen to our red blood cells to be circulated throughout our body. It is the oxygen saturation in our arterial blood that determines if we need to intake additional oxygen. This saturation rate can be measured by a pulse oximeter. When the transfer of oxygen is hindered by bacteria, the use of oxygen therapy for pneumonia can help introduce oxygen into our bloodstream. This can be done via several medical aids that include:

1. DeVilbiss iFill Oxygen Cylinders

DeVilbiss iFill oxygen cylinders are compatible with the DeVilbiss iFill personal oxygen station and are available in various sizes to meet all supplemental oxygen therapy needs of patients. Each size is available with 870 Post Valve, Continuous Flow, or Pulse Dose Oxygen Conserving Device options. In conjunction with the oxygen station, the user can use the surrounding air to fill the oxygen cylinders. This makes refilling oxygen cylinders easier and gives the user greater freedom and independence.

DeVilbiss iFill Oxygen Cylinders Devilbiss IFill Personal Oxygen Station
DeVilbiss iFill Oxygen Cylinders Devilbiss IFill Personal Oxygen Station

2. Invacare HomeFill Post Valve Cylinders

Compatible with the Invacare HomeFill oxygen compressor, Invacare HomeFill oxygen cylinders can be filled at the convenience of the user. They are designed for those who need oxygen treatment for pneumonia and are on the go. Made from aluminum, these oxygen cylinders are used by patients who have a tough time extracting oxygen from the air they breathe and for use with CGA870 post valve compatible conservators or regulators.

Invacare HomeFill CGA870 Post Valve Cylinders Invacare HomeFill Oxygen Compressor
Invacare HomeFill CGA870 Post Valve Cylinders Invacare HomeFill Oxygen Compressor

3. Invacare Perfecto2 Oxygen Concentrator

When pneumonia treatment requires a patient to utilize supplemental oxygen, Perfecto2 indoor oxygen concentrator separates nitrogen from the surrounding air to provide a high concentration of oxygen via a nasal cannula directly. The oxygen purity of this unit is 87%-95.6% at all flow rates while incorporating three separate filters to purify the air.

Invacare Perfecto2 V Five Liter Oxygen Concentrator With SensO2 Oxygen Sensor​
Invacare Perfecto2 V Five Liter Oxygen Concentrator With SensO2 Oxygen Sensor​

4. Salter Style 1600 Series Nasal Oxygen Cannula

For those who are dependent upon oxygen therapy to deal with pneumonia, comfort is the key to patient compliance. This clear, lightweight Salter Style oxygen cannula features a unique, one-piece design which maximizes patient comfort. In order to provide secure positioning and maximizing freedom of movement, it has an over the ear design with curved, tapered nasal prongs for a better anatomical fit and comfort. The three channel safety tubing provides uninterrupted oxygen flow and the curved tubing fits the upper lip and is perfect for long-term use.

Salter Style 1600 Series Adult Clear Nasal Oxygen Cannula Salter Style 1600 Series Adult Clear Nasal Oxygen Cannula
Salter Style 1600 Series Adult Clear Nasal Oxygen Cannula

5. Respironics EverFlo Q Ultra-Quiet Oxygen Concentrator

For patients who are concerned about noise levels, EverFlo stationery oxygen concentrator has a sound level of 40 dB. That’s quiet!! Its two filters allow the user to spend less money and time on maintenance while providing supplemental oxygen up to 5 lpm. It comes with internal tubing storage to minimize its footprint and improve convenience. Everflo Q also has the ability to attach all bottle styles to increase humidity, thereby avoiding drying out nasal cavities. This unit is even FAA approved for airline flights!!

Respironics EverFlo Q Ultra-quiet Stationary Oxygen Concentrator
Respironics EverFlo Q Ultra-quiet Stationary Oxygen Concentrator

6. Drive SmartDose Oxygen Conserver

Drive SmartDose oxygen conserver automatically senses the breath rate of the user and adjusts the oxygen flow accordingly. This gives the user peace of mind knowing that their supplemental oxygen therapy for pneumonia is always spot on. This conserver produces an operating pressure range of 500-3000 psi and allows patients to ambulate longer than with a continuous flow regulator on the same cylinder. It eliminates wastage and maximizes oxygen for pneumonia patients.

Drive SmartDose Mini Auto Adjusting Oxygen Conserver
Drive SmartDose Mini Auto Adjusting Oxygen Conserver

Oxygen is important to us humans and when our breathing produces less oxygen for our red blood cells problems can arise. Bacterial pneumonia can be life-threatening, so treating it properly is imperative. Work with your doctor to prescribe the proper oxygen therapy you need to match your lifestyle and overcome pneumonia or any other respiratory illness.


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