Frequently Asked Questions

Who Needs Oxygen Therapy?

Sometimes certain medical conditions can prevent the right amount of oxygen from entering your bloodstream.

Your blood oxygen level is referred to as your oxygen saturation level (Sa02) and when it is too low, it can lead to symptoms such as difficulty breathing, lack of energy, dizziness and trouble concentrating. The additional oxygen from oxygen therapy can help increase blood oxygen levels which can allow you to stay more active and healthy.

Those who may benefit the most from oxygen therapy include patients with chronic bronchitis, emphysema and heart conditions.

Chronic bronchitis Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air in and out of your lungs. This inflammation will lead to reduced airflow, mucus production, coughing and shortness of breath.
Emphysema Emphysema is present when the air sacs (alveoli)  in your lungs lose their elasticity and collapse, preventing oxygen and carbon dioxide from moving in and out of the lungs and into your bloodstream properly.
Heart conditions Heart conditions may interrupt the heart’s ability to properly pump blood to and from your lungs. This can result in less oxygen reaching your bloodstream, and from there to your organs and tissues.

 

The air you breathe contains 21% oxygen and is essential for life. Once inhaled into the lungs it diffuses through small sacs called alveoli into your bloodstream, and travels to all your different organs and tissues.

Day or night - we are always just a phone call away should you have any questions or concerns.

Do You Offer Long Term Care or Nursing Home Support?

Yes - VitalAire delivers to and supports many long term care and nursing homes throughout Canada. Our respiratory therapists will work with your facility to educate you and your caregivers on oxygen equipment usage and safety to ensure you feel confident with your setup.

Am I Eligible For Home Oxygen Funding?

Provincial funding; each province has its own set of medical criteria that will determine if you are eligible for home oxygen funding. Your VitalAire clinician can help you find out if you qualify, and ensure that you have all the necessary documentation needed to apply.

Private pay through insurance; if you have private medical insurance you may be partially or fully covered for home oxygen therapy. We recommend you or someone in your family to contact your insurance company and ask about coverage. If you are covered, we will provide you with a quote which you can then send to your insurance company for review.

Federal funding; Additional home oxygen therapy funding is available through the department of Veterans Affairs and the NIHB program, if you qualify. We can help you coordinate your funding. Please contact us to find out more, or read more about home oxygen funding here.

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