Tips for Traveling by Cruise Ship with Oxygen

Tips for Traveling by Cruise Ship with Oxygen

So you are looking into taking a cruise, but you think you may need to bring oxygen along for yourself or a loved one. At first, this may seem like a daunting process, but once you understand the basics, it can be “smooth sailing.” If oxygen is a necessity for you, then this article is a nice launching off point so you can begin making plans for your ideal vacation. Below are some tips, and questions you should ask yourself before your trip. If you would like personal assistance, please don’t hesitate to call 1-800-941-1402 to speak to an Oxygen Expert.

Contact Your Cruise Line

It is important to start by contacting your cruise line. Each cruise line has its own rules and regulations regarding using oxygen therapy of any sort on board the ship. Most cruise lines will require you to supply your oxygen solution and meet certain physical criteria before boarding for your trip. If you have questions regarding the rules for boarding, we suggest you contact your cruise line’s Special Access department. The Special Access department should be trained in helping patients prepare for travel, including providing necessary paperwork, notifying of special boarding requirements, and information on approved the approved oxygen concentrators for the cruise line.

Plan Ahead

While “planning” may seem like a common sense tip, there are some nuances when it comes to traveling in Florida with oxygen. In order to have your bases covered, we advise that you ask yourself the questions below while you plan your trip. Make sure you can answer all these questions at least one week before your departure.

1). Do I need oxygen for 24/7 use or only at night?
2). Will I need oxygen for my flight/drive to the harbor?
3). Will I be doing any on-shore excursions? If so, how about long will I be out?
4). If I need oxygen during the day, how long do I plan on staying away from the room?
5). Will I have a way to refill my oxygen?
6). What sort of oxygen solutions does my specific cruise line allow? What is not allowed?
7). If I need a rental, how will I get it?

Finding A Solution

It may be that you need to rent an oxygen solution for the duration of your cruise. When you are trying to find a solution, it is important that you know what your oxygen needs are and can answer some basic questions. Don’t worry; you may have already answered some of these questions above!

1). Do I need oxygen 24/7, just at night?
2). What flow rate do I need?
3). Can I use pulse/on demand flow, or do I require continuous flow at all times?
4). How long will I need the rental?
5). How soon do I need the rental?

Once these questions have been answered, we can help you find the perfect oxygen solution for your upcoming trip. Call 1-800-941-1402 and an Oxygen Expert can help make your next cruise as relaxing as possible!

Medicare Buying Guide

Medicare Buying Guide

“Are portable oxygen concentrators covered by Medicare”? This is by far the most common question that we receive so if you’re wondering if they are covered, have no fear because you’re not alone! At this point in time the answer is a bit more complicated than a simple yes or no answer continue reading and we can help! In this guide we will break down how Medicare coverage on oxygen systems and provide you with a couple facts that will allow you to answer the question for yourself.

Let’s begin by talking about how you get your oxygen. Most patients who require oxygen therapy start with a solution that has been “provided” to them through Medicare, Insurance, or a combination of the two. Medicare dictates that if you qualify you are entitled to ONE home oxygen solution and ONE portable solution. In most cases the “home solution” is a large stationary concentrator that plugs in at home and the portable solution is a couple oxygen tanks (aka cylinders) that must be refilled on a regular basis.

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Tips for Traveling with Portable Oxygen Concentrators

Travel Tips for Oxygen Users: Flying with Oxygen

Traveling for oxygen patients can seem impossible or daunting. However, with portable oxygen concentrators, taking a vacation or enjoying a new adventure is incredibly feasible. This article offers tips for oxygen patients who are looking to travel via airplane. We hope that patients can utilize this article to create a check list so that their next flight is as hassle free as possible.

1. Ensure your portable solution is FAA approved. Tanks, liquid oxygen, and other forms of stored compressed oxygen are not FAA approved. If you have a portable oxygen concentrator make sure it is on the list of FAA approved concentrators. All portable oxygen concentrators offered by Oxygen Butler for sale or rental are FAA approved for in flight use.

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Top 5 Travel Reminders from Our Rental Specialist

Top 5 Travel Reminders from Our Rental Specialist

Holiday travel can be hectic. Here at Oxygen Butler we want to help you spend more time doing the things you love and less time dealing with the obstacles of traveling with oxygen. This week we gathered advice from Jack Bluni, our Oxygen Butler Rental Specialist, to help you get where you’re going as smooth as possible.

1. What do customers need to prepare ahead of time in order to fly with an oxygen concentrator?

Jack: There are a lot of things to consider when flying with oxygen. What airline are you flying? How long is the flight time? Are you on a pulse setting or continuous flow? Lastly, what is most important to you in a POC; size and weight or cost? If you have answers for all of these questions it will help tremendously when renting a unit. Once you have your concentrator and you are boarding the plane make sure that you have your prescription on hand as well as the Physician Consent form, specific to the airline you are flying, to help prevent any issues.

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Exclusive Interview: Inogen G3

Exclusive Interview: Inogen G3 Portable Concentrator

This week we wanted to take some time to spotlight the Inogen One G3 from the unique perspective of somebody that has worked with the Inogen family of products day in and day out. Alec Wilkie is our retail location oxygen specialist and has over 3 years experience in the Oxygen Therapy industry.

To start off, can you describe the ideal Inogen G3 customer?

Alec: Well the G3 is really for a wide variety of customers but ideally it’s for someone looking for a lightweight solution who is trying to maintain an active lifestyle. Longer battery life, up to 9.5 hours with the extended battery, along with the setting range of 1-5 helps the G3 cover people with a wide variety of oxygen needs.

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New Support for Over One Million Floridians with COPD in South Florida: 340,000 with COPD

New Support for Over One Million Floridians with COPD in South Florida: 340,000 with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (September 7, 2016) – To help the over 1.2 million Floridians who suffer from COPD, a Fort Lauderdale company named Oxygen Butler is bringing a new approach to an increasingly common product, the portable oxygen concentrator.

There are nearly 340,000 people in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties alone that have COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, who can benefit from advances in portable oxygen concentrator technology and who now have easier access to these devices through Oxygen Butler’s new high-service location in Fort Lauderdale.

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How to Navigate Medicare and Insurance When Purchasing a POC

How to Navigate Medicare and Insurance When Purchasing a POC

If you’re researching oxygen therapy, it’s likely you already have an oxygen solution that’s been provided for you by Medicare, Medicaid, or your insurance provider. Many patients who are on oxygen start out with solutions that have been “provided” for them but don’t fully understand the wide range of advanced oxygen solutions available to them.

Well, sit down and relax for a moment. At Oxygen Butler, we know how confusing this can be so we’ve complied an easy guide to help you understand the latest technologies available in oxygen therapy and how they relate to providers such as Medicare, Medicaid, and supplemental insurance.

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Cleaning and Maintaining Your Oxygen Concentrator

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Oxygen Concentrator

Keeping your oxygen concentrator in top working condition not only ensures effective and safe oxygen delivery but it may also extend the lifespan of your unit. Cleaning and maintaining your portable oxygen concentrator is an important step in owning and caring for your unit. By following a few simple steps and guidelines you can easily keep your concentrator in pristine, “like-new” condition!

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