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How to Travel While Dealing With Sleep Apnea

Did you know that in 2014, Americans took a total of about 2 billion trips? Whether those trips were for business or pleasure, it’s arguably a lot of time spent on trains, planes, and automobiles. For most people, traveling means packing a few bags and getting used to hotel pillows. For people dealing with sleep apnea, though, there are some unique challenges associated with traveling.

Traveling With Sleep Apnea
The National Sleep Foundation estimates that approximately 18 million Americans — about 6.6% of the population — are affected by sleep apnea. People suffering from sleep apnea stop breathing for short periods while sleeping. This can happen up to 30 times every hour. While there are a few different ways patients can have their apnea treated, a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) device is one of the most common.

It can be arguably difficult for someone on a short trip to bring their typical CPAP device with them, as they may already be carrying a lot of stuff, or be worried about losing the device. Luckily, medical supply stores frequently offer smaller, travel-friendly CPAP machines. These machines often lack humidifiers, helping to free up space.

If travelers don’t like the idea of owning another machine just for traveling, there are a few other options. There are oral devices, which are custom-made to hold the jaw forward and keep an upper airway open. There is also something called “nasal valve therapy,” a device that is attached over the nostrils.

What to Keep in Mind if You Do Bring Your CPAP Supplies Along
Hate the idea of leaving your CPAP at home? Prepare for the flight by having your prescription for your medical supplies in case TSA wants proof that they are necessary. As medical equipment, your CPAP machine is not considered one of your carry-on items, which means you can bring it in addition to your overhead bag. If you have an overnight flight, make sure to clear this with the airline beforehand, and double check that you’re seated near a power source.

Thanks to medical supply stores, it’s possible for those suffering from sleep apnea to get the help they need. And luckily, it’s not all too difficult to travel these days — even if you are a CPAP user.

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What Medical Products Do You Need?

spap suppliesWe offer many kinds of medical supplies to benefit the lives of people in the Dallas – Forth Worth area. Whether you’re a medically afflicted individual seeking medical equipment for personal relief, or a clinician ordering on behalf of present or future patients, we can provide what you are looking for through our retail medical supply store or through insurance reimbursement.

Take a look at some info on a few of the kinds of medical equipment we currently offer:

  • Mobility Scooters
    A mobility scooter has a seat over an arrangement of three to five wheels, an area on which to rest one’s feet, and a hand-operated apparatus that turns the steerable wheels. Mobility scooters come in front-wheel and rear-wheel drive, and can attain speeds of five to seven miles per hour.
  • Wheelchairs
    Over 2 million Americans depend on wheelchairs for day-to-day mobility. We offer power wheelchairs that will enable an immobilized person to traverse a wide variety of terrain. Most dual-arm wheelchair lifts have a capacity of around 800 pounds.
  • CPAP Supplies
    Sleep apnea is a disorder affecting more than 18 million Americans, or 6.62% of the entire American population, where the airway admits staggered, shortened breaths or no breath at all during sleep. This condition is treated using CPAP, which is the acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP supplies provide a constant flow of air at a set pressure into the airway, to ensure that the airway stays open through the night. We offer a variety of CPAP supplies and emergency medical supplies that will help you treat your condition.

We have a great selection and can offer a consultation to anyone unsure of what they are looking for. Whether you are buying for a patient, relative or yourself, we can offer great service and attention in our mission to provide you with the medical supplies you need.

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The Sleep Apnea Patient’s Guide to Treatment

emergency medical suppliesSleep apnea is a common disorder that affects more than 18 million Americans, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Those who suffer from sleep apnea experience multiple pauses in breathing during their sleep. Sleep apnea can occur 30 times or more an hour, and pauses can range from a few seconds to a few minutes.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to a variety of health issues due to the disruption of sleep, which leaves patients feeling unrested. This includes excessive tiredness, high blood pressure, issues with the heart, diabetes, headaches, and depression.

Causes of Sleep Apneas
While sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, there are a few factors that raise the risk of developing sleep apnea. This includes being overweight, over the age of 40, having a large neck or large tonsils, acid reflex, or nasal obstructions due to allergies or sinus problems.

Sleep Apnea Treatment
Patients who suffer from chronic sleep apnea should seek treatment to avoid other medical complications that can occur as a result of the breathing. According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, approximately 38,000 deaths occur each year due to cardiovascular problems that are related to sleep apnea.

Minor cases of sleep apnea can be treated through lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or losing weight. However, in cases of severe sleep apnea issues, many doctors recommend emergency medical supplies, such as a CPAP machine. These machines deliver air pressure through the nose, which helps keep the upper airway passages open, preventing the pauses in breathing. CPAP supplies can be found at your local medical supply store, along with a variety of other emergency medical supplies that will keep you and your loved ones happy and healthy.

Medical Product Rental Lewisville TX

Renting wheelchairs, scooter, lift chairs and oxygen is a great option for DFW residents

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Many people in the Dallas Fort Worth area are in need of special medical equipment such as wheelchair prefer buying one for themselves or for their loved ones. However, this option is not affordable for many and in instances it is cheaper and more convenient to rent the equipment, especially where the patient will no longer need the equipment after recovery, need for special activites or for traveling. Some of the most common home medical products for rent include wheelchairs, scooters, lift chairs and portable oxygen concentrators. The following are some reasons why you would want to rent them for short term use.

Wheelchair Rental

Wheelchairs are comfortable, lightweight and offer maneuverability. Wheelchair rentals include both manual and power wheelchairs to meet the needs of various conditions where mobility is an issue. Manual wheelchairs must be wheeled by the owner or be pushed by another person while power wheelchairs don’t need manual guidance. They are powered by electric motors which are controlled and operated by a joystick at the arm of the chair. Power wheelchairs are great for navigating in your buildings since they have a higher back support than scooter and can get through doorways easily. Wheelchair rentals are practical and affordable option which can help you save thousands of dollars. There are many reasons why your loved one may be in need of a wheelchair which includes a broken leg and more serious injuries and illness such as cerebral palsy, paraplegia and spinal cord injuries.

Scooter Rental

Mobility scooters are designed for individuals who need accessible mobility aids due to physical disabilities that make walking difficult. They are powered by motors and can have either three or four wheels. Scooters come in various configurations although they are usually categorized into two main groups: transportable and standard scooters. Transportable scooters are highly portable because they are collapsible meaning they can fit in the trunk of most cars. This makes them ideal for use during, picnics, theme parks, convections, vacation resorts and tourist areas.  Many people look to rent scooters for outdoor activities so that they can participate with their family or loved ones.

Lift chair rental

Lift chairs help individuals stand up gradually by offering lift into a standing position without causing injury. Their mobility is designed to feel and appear like a recliner so as to offer maximum comfort. They are ideal for people incapable of standing up from a regular armchair due to injuries and conditions such as severe arthritis and broken hip. They come in different sizes and configurations where some have one motor while others have two motors. With the single motor, it may be hard for you to sit at a given angle but with the double motor chair, you are free to open the hip angle wider to relieve comfort. In addition, the dual motor lift chair allows you to sit straighter with your legs stretched out straight.  Renting a lift chair can be very beneficial for those who are recovering from surgery, injury or other event who expect to recover back to some form of independence.

Portable Oxygen Concentrator Rental

Portable oxygen concentrators are perfect for people living with respiratory problems that make it hard to get enough oxygen naturally. It may be as a result of lung injuries or other chronic diseases that require oxygen therapy. This includes pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. An oxygen concentrator makes it easier for you to breathe while maintaining your independence and freedom. There are many benefits of using portable oxygen concentrators including better mobility, convenience, compliance with oxygen therapy and ability to exercise and do more with your oxygen when in the community.

It is clear that there are many benefits of rental home medical products. You can rent high quality and durable medical equipment from Mobility Healthcare with just a minimal investment for a day, week or month. We carry some of the highest quality rental products in all of Dallas Fort Worth and have helped thousands of customers over the last 15 years.  Our staff is very qualified to help you select the most appropriate rental product for your unique need.  Contact us today about our rental programs or feel free to come visit us at our Lewisville location.

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New Portable Oxygen Concentrators Available For Lewisville Area Residents

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One of the most frequently asked questions we get from our Lewisville and Dallas Fort Worth customers and phone inquiries is if we have a portable oxygen concentrator solution for consumers who depend on oxygen medical products when leaving their home.  We have always looked to find the best oxygen supplies and products for those in our market and believe we have the best solution available in the industry known as the Sequal Eclipse 5 for both rental and for sale.  This is a great alternative to the standard portable oxygen tank.

Portable oxygen concentrators are light, portable alternatives to standard oxygen tanks. They function in a slight different way than oxygen tanks; while oxygen tanks are filled with a certain amount of oxygen that must be replenished before it runs out, oxygen concentrators use power from a battery to suck in air from the outside world and filter it into acceptable medical oxygen. Because they act as a filtration system, oxygen concentrators never run out of air. Their batteries simply must be recharged after a certain amount of time to continue functioning efficiently. Furthermore, because they are more lightweight than regular oxygen tanks, portable oxygen concentrators are easier to transport and carry around than bulky oxygen tanks.

 

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The latest and greatest on the market in the world of portable oxygen concentrators is the SeQual Eclipse 5. Weighing in at only eighteen pounds with a 24-Cell battery and measuring just eighteen inches tall and eleven inches wide, the Eclipse 5 is an innovation in lightweight portable oxygen concentrator technology. At its minimal size and weight, this concentrator is incredibly easy to transport. Furthermore, the Eclipse 5 is equipped with wheels in a rolling cart style for increased ease of travel. In order to meet the oxygen needs of every patient, SeQual Eclipse 5 includes multiple settings: continuous flow settings, at which oxygen is released to the patient at all times, and duration pulse settings, which involve releases of oxygen in bursts at certain intervals. This portable oxygen concentrator’s battery is incredibly long-lasting; it can function efficiently for up to four hours on the continuous flow settings and over five hours on the duration pulse settings. Additionally, the SeQual Eclipse 5 is FAA Airline Approved and is able to be charged in a car through connection to DC power, thereby eliminating much of the stress and anxiety which can stem from attempting to travel with oxygen.

The SeQual Eclipse 5 portable oxygen concentrator can change lives. With it by their side, patients can experience the thrill of freedom that they may not have felt since the start of their dependency on medical oxygen. This concentrator allows users to remain uninhibited in their daily activities and adventures despite their reliance on the aid of a portable oxygen tank. For patients who have been confined to their homes or beds for extended periods of time due to the difficulty of moving and traveling with standard oxygen tanks, renting or buying the Eclipse 5 can completely transform their life. With the SeQual Eclipse 5’s customizable oxygen settings and extensive charging options, patients do not have to worry about running out of oxygen or dying batteries when they’re on the go. They can relax and enjoy their mobility with the knowledge that they will always be supplied with the oxygen they need for as long as they need it. Furthermore, with the substantial mobility and portability of the Eclipse 5, patients can carry it with them easily wherever they need to go, whether that be to the kitchen, to the doctor, or to Peru. The SeQual Eclipse 5 is always there, a beacon of consistency and reliability guaranteed to keep patients safe, healthy, and happy.

Mobility Healthcare is excited to announce that we carry a fleet of the new Sequal Ecipse 5 portable oxygen concentrators for rent or sale for our Lewisville, TX and available to all Dallas Fort Worth area residents.  Contact us today to learn more about the product as well as the rental or purchase options.