How to Get Off of Oxygen-Assisted Breathing

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Oxygen-assisted breathing is a great aid when necessary, but it can be a burden to remain on oxygen for too long. Lugging around an oxygen tank is a hassle and, if your insurance does not cover it, expensive. Over time, many people are able to wean themselves off of oxygen. While there is no set time-span for this type of procedure, it can quite often be accomplished with no additional tools in a relatively short period of time.

  • Consult a medical professional to be sure that you are healthy enough to be weaned off of oxygen-assisted breathing.

  • Determine whether or not the medical condition that necessitated assisted breathing is still present. If it is, you will need to consider alternative treatment options.

  • Discuss the implications of getting weaned off of assisted breathing with your family and anyone else who will be affected.

  • Begin the weaning process by periodically attempting to breathe in a relaxed state without using the machine. Attempt to breathe on your own, but do not hesitate to use assistance. Consult a medical professional throughout this process to ensure that you do not go too fast.

  • Consult a healthcare practitioner to ensure that you can breathe for short periods without assistance according to his or her standards.

  • Begin breathing on your own whenever possible. Use assistance whenever you are stressed, short of breath or exert yourself more than normal.

  • Continue this process of gradual weaning. Use less and less oxygen as you go along, until you feel confident in your ability to breathe without assistance.

  • Consult a medical professional before fully terminating your reliance on oxygen-assisted breathing, as a precaution.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never try to get off of oxygen-assisted breathing without asking a doctor beforehand. Some people are not physically able to breathe on their own and removing the oxygen can be fatal.

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