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5 medical devices you must have at home

Some medical devices should be a priority. These devices are useful for anybody who wants to be on top of their health game. One crucial thing this quarantine has done for us is to highlight the importance of healthcare. Since the virus is fatal to people who have other underlying diseases, it is time to become proactive in keeping our health sound. Moreover, the largest percentage of people affected has been the elderly. Senior citizens are increasingly finding themselves having to become independent to a certain extent. The devices mentioned below not only give them a fighting chance to fight against COVID-19 but also in maintaining a healthy lifestyle in general. Thermometer The most useful device, one that has reached...

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What is an Oxygen Concentrator?

An oxygen concentrator is a medical device used to deliver oxygen to those who have low levels of it in their blood. It is a relatively new product in India, where many are more aware of Oxygen Cylinders. An Oxygen Concentrator should not be confused with an Oxygen Cylinder. Whereas a cylinder has a set amount of oxygen that it dispenses, a concentrator filters in air, compresses it and delivers that air continuously. The air supply will never run out. Instead of refilling compressed air, the concentrator just needs access to power. Oxygen concentrators are powered through electricity or a battery. There are of course differences between competing brands and models, but generally several basic parts make up a concentrator:...

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What is CPAP?

In India there is relatively little understanding about Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea affects many of us without our knowledge – and the worrying reality is that unless treated it can cause serious debilitating long term effects from high blood pressure to potential cardiac problems. Sleep Apnea results in pauses during breathing during a sleep cycle. As a result, not enough air reaches your lungs. It is a common but unfortunately not often diagnosed problem. While loud snoring could be an indication of underlying Sleep Apnea, not all snoring is due to Sleep Apnea. In Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), your airway collapses or is blocked during sleep. When you try to breathe, any air that...

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How is Oxygen Concentrator different from Oxygen Cylinder?

Oxygen Cylinders and Oxygen Concentrators both deliver oxygen to patients who need it. But the methods of delivery are very different. In India, Oxygen Cylinders are more prevalent, but increasingly Oxygen Concentrators are becoming popular with both doctors & patients. The main difference is in the way the oxygen is provided. Oxygen Cylinders have a finite amount of oxygen compressed within them and inhaled by the user until it runs out. Oxygen Concentrators filter and generate medical grade oxygen, at an infinite supply so long as the battery that powers this mechanism has life. An oxygen concentrator works like an air conditioning machine: it takes in air, modifies it and delivers it in a new form. The only difference is...

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Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Do you snore when you sleep? Ask your sleeping partner and they’ll likely tell you. If you don’t have a sleeping partner, answer these questions. Has anyone ever heard you snoring through locked doors? Has anyone ever seen you gasping for breath during sleep? Do you feel tired and sleepy during the day? Have you ever found yourself falling asleep while driving or talking to people? If your answer to any or all of these questions is yes, it could mean that you are suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA, as it is commonly called. The word ‘apnea’ is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as a “Temporary cessation of breathing, especially during sleep.” OSA is a condition in which...

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