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How to use oxygen tank at home Medical and industrial gases differ in their purity levels, uses, and regulations

How to use oxygen tank at home Medical and industrial gases differ in their purity levels, uses, and regulations

PurityMedical oxygen is usually 95% pure, while industrial oxygen is typically 90% pure. Medical oxygen is also free of contaminants, while industrial oxygen can have impurities from its containers.

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  • UsesMedical oxygen is used in healthcare facilities to help with breathing problems and respiratory conditions, and to maintain healthy blood oxygen levels. Industrial oxygen is used in industrial plants for combustion, cutting, oxidation, and chemical reactions.
  • RegulationsThe FDA strictly regulates medical oxygen like medication, but industrial oxygen is not regulated as strictly

Here are some steps for using an oxygen tank at home:
Attach the regulator or conserver
Attach the nasal cannula or face mask
Turn on the oxygen to the prescribed flow rate
Adjust the tubes for the nasal cannula or oxygen mask
Secure the tubes behind your ears
Place the rest of the tubes under your chin or behind your head
Turn off the airflow when you’re not using your oxygen tank

Check that the tubing is not bent or blocked
Adjust your nasal prongs (cannula) to ensure a comfortable fit
Avoid changing the flow rate unless instructed by your physician
To test if oxygen is flowing, place the nasal prongs (cannula) in a glass of water and look for bubbles
Keep single tanks not in carriers or in use lying flat so they do not fall over