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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 due to this long irritation, 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’s common to treat bacterial pneumonia with antibiotics while viral pneumonia can receive other treatments such as breathing treatments or oxygen therapy to increase oxygen saturation 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, which affects the transfer of oxygen to red blood cells. The symptoms of pneumonia can be acute and materialize suddenly and 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!!

Supplemental Oxygen Therapy

Our lungs take in  air and transfer oxygen to our red blood cells to be circulated throughout our body. It’s 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 bacterial pneumonia the use of oxygen therapy can help introduce oxygen into our bloodstream. This can be done via several medical aids that include:

1. DeVilbiss iFill Oxygen Cylinders

These oxygen cylinders are compatible with the DeVilbiss iFill Personal Oxygen Station and are available in various sizes to meet any supplemental oxygen therapy patient’s needs. 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 and makes refilling oxygen cylinders easier and gives the user greater freedom and independence.

DeVilbiss iFill Oxygen Cylinders
 Invacare HomeFill CGA870 Post Valve Cylinders

2. Invacare HomeFill CGA870 Post Valve Cylinders

Compatible with the Invacare Home Fill Oxygen System, these oxygen cylinders can be filled at the user’s convenience. These are designed for those who need supplemental oxygen and are on the go. Made from aluminum, these oxygen cylinders are used by patients that have a tough time extracting oxygen from the air they breathe and for use with CGA870 post valve compatible conservators or regulators.

3. Invacare Perfecto2 V Five Liter Oxygen Concentrator with SensO2 Oxygen Sensor

When pneumonia requires a patient to utilize supplemental oxygen, Perfecto2 indoor oxygen concentrator separates nitrogen from surrounding air to provide a high concentrate 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
 Salter Style 1600 Series Adult Clear Nasal Oxygen Cannula

4. Salter Style 1600 Series Adult Clear Nasal Oxygen Cannula

For those that 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.

5. Respironics EverFlo Q Ultra-Quiet Stationary Oxygen Concentrator

For patients that 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 and even has the ability to attach all bottle styles to increase humidity avoiding drying out nasal cavities. This unit is even FAA approved for airline flights!!

 Respironics EverFlo Q Ultra-quiet Stationary Oxygen Concentrator
Drive SmartDose Mini Auto Adjusting Oxygen Conserver

6. Drive SmartDose Mini Auto Oxygen Conserver

Drive Mini Auto Oxygen Conserver automatically senses the user’s breath rate and adjusts the oxygen flow accordingly. This gives the user peace of mind knowing that their supplemental oxygen therapy 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. Eliminate waste and maximize your oxygen therapy to overcome pneumonia. Regain your freedom!!


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.