Liquid Oxygen Is Needed

In the mid 90s to 2006 Congress put pressure on Medicare to cut oxygen costs.  In 2006 Medicare initiated a payment program that favored concentrators over liquid oxygen and oxygen tanks.  Medical oxygen tanks are widely used while finding a business to fill a liquid oxygen reservoir is hard.  I have had no trouble finding medical liquid oxygen but few are willing to fill my reservoir.   Liquid oxygen should at least be available to those willing to pay for it.  Without liquid oxygen I am unable to get the oxygen I need!


An Official American Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guideline, “A conditional recommendation for ambulatory liquid-oxygen use in patients who are mobile outside the home and require >3 L/min of continuous-flow oxygen during exertion.” From https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33185464/


Shortly after getting a prescription for supplemental oxygen I was given a walk test to see if I qualified for a handicap parking permit.  In that test it took 3 LPM at a slow walk to keep my sp02 in the mid-80s.  At that time I was still working 36+ hours per week and struggled to keep my blood oxygen levels in the 80s, even when using my Inogen One G3.  If I had been given a prescription for 6 to 8 LPM of liquid oxygen I could have continued working with blood oxygen levels in the high 80s to mid-90s.  Instead of needing to go on SSI I could have continued to work.

If I had been prescribed liquid oxygen 5 years earlier when my blood oxygen levels started dropping into the 80s while at work in a grocery store I would have remained a productive citizen and been paying taxes instead of going on SSI.  It makes far more sense to prescribe oxygen when it is needed to remain active and not wait until it is needed to stay alive and are unable to work.

We not only need liquid oxygen, but also need to change the guidelines on when supplemental oxygen is prescribed!


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