An oxygen cylinder is to be used only when recommended by a doctor. While some types of cylinders can be used at home, they are more commonly used in hospitals and other medical facilities. If they are being used at home, there are some steps to be followed:
- Step 1: Before handling the cylinder, ensure your hands are clean, and that the cylinder is also clean and free from any damage, and from oil or grease.
- Step 2: Attach the regulator to the valve at the top of the tank.
- Step 3: Turn on the tank using the valve on the top (you can use the provided cylinder wrench to do so).
- Step 4: Check the contents gauge to ensure that there is sufficient gas content in the cylinder.
- Step 5: Adjust the flow of oxygen to the prescribed LPM using the control on the regulator, and check that oxygen is flowing.
- Step 6: Attach the nasal tubes or oxygen mask to the oxygen outlet.
- Step 7: Ensure your mask or tubes are in working order and put them on.
If using a mask: Place the mask over your mouth and nose, securing the band behind your head or around your ears and making sure there are no gaps around the edges.
If using nasal tubes: Position the nasal tubes upward into your nostrils and loop the tubes over your ears. You can use the tube adjuster to tighten the tubes under your chin.
Step 8: When not in use, turn off the oxygen tank and ensure that you store the cylinder in a horizontal position in its carrier and firmly secured so that it does not roll around.