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What are the benefits of TTO (transtrachael oxygen)
As with any other medical procedure, there are both benefits and risks
associated with transtracheal oxygen therapy. It is important that
you discuss the benefits, risks, and your concerns with your physician or
respiratory therapist, they can provide more insights and information
relating specifically to your situation than we possibly could here.
Remember, this is only a guide. Always follow your doctors
instructions and immediately notify your doctor of any concerns or
difficulties you may experience.
Potential benefits of transtracheal oxygen therapy include
Improved Comfort and Convenience: The catheter is usually a
great deal more comfortable than nasal prongs. Unlike the nasal
cannula, it avoids the irritation of the ears and nose, and doesn't get in
the way when you're eating, shaving, putting on makeup, talking on
the phone or even kissing.
Lower Oxygen Requirements: Because the transtracheal catheter delivers the
oxygen right where it's needed, it reduces resting oxygen requirements in
most patients by 50-60%. Transtracheal oxygen allows individuals to
use their portable oxygen system more frequently and for longer periods of
time. Therefore, the total amount of oxygen consumption may not
decrease as much as projected.
Increased Mobility: Lower oxygen requirements allow most most
transtracheal oxygen patients to use lighter and more compact oxygen
sources. Although smaller, these sources often last longer,
allowing more time away from home. Many people also report increased
mobility because of better endurance while walking. The ability to
be away from home for shopping, socializing with friends, doing errands,
or working allows enjoyment of a fuller life.
Greater Exercise Capacity: Since transtracheal oxygen
delivery is more efficient, patients that use transtracheal oxygen tend to
be more active and usually recover more quickly from activities that
require exertion. We don't promise that you'll be able to run the
Boston Marathon, but day to day activities involving walking, lifting,
moving, even dancing might just become a little easier.
True 24 Hour Per Day Oxygen Therapy: It is difficult for many
oxygen patients to wear their nasal prongs every minute of every day
because they are so uncomfortable. Transtracheal oxygen therapy
eliminates the sore nose, sore ears, sinus problems, dry eyes at night,
nasal congestion and runny nose associated with the nasal cannula and
makes it possible to receive oxygen 24 hours a day. You may find
that getting your oxygen 24 hours a day increases your energy, activity,
thought clarity, helps you sleep better and makes you feel much healthier
Improved Sense of Smell, Taste and Appetite:
Without the difficulties of the nasal cannula, many patients report an
improvement in these areas.
Physiological benefits include
Reduced Red Blood Cell Count: For some patients with chronically
low blood oxygen levels, the body increases the number of red blood
cells in an attempt to compensate for the low oxygen levels. The
excess of red blood cells causes the blood to get thicker, which places a
strain on the heart. Transtracheal oxygen therapy can
normalize this situation by delivering oxygen on a 24-hour basis. As
the body's oxygen levels increase, it no longer needs those extra red
blood cells to transport oxygen, and this decreases red blood cell count,
reducing stress on the heart.
Improved Blood Flow Through The Lungs: When blood oxygen
levels are chronically low, the small blood vessels in the lungs
constrict, making it harder for the heart to pump blood through the lungs.
Because transtracheal oxygen therapy provides oxygen on a 24 hour basis,
it can raise blood oxygen levels which reduces the constriction effect.
This ultimately reduces the workload and stress on the heart.
Improvements in Oxygenation During Sleep: Because the SCOOP
catheter is never out of the windpipe, your oxygen will be delivered all
night while you sleep. This is unlike the nasal cannula, which can
fall out of place at night. Many SCOOP patients report
sleeping better on transtracheal oxygen therapy.
Decreased Work of Breathing: Since transtracheal oxygen therapy
delivers oxygen directly into the lungs, it bypasses the nose, mouth, and
nearly all of the trachea (windpipe) Because it avoids those areas
and goes directly to the lungs, many transtracheal oxygen patients
experience a reduction in their work of breathing or shortness of breath
(the amount of energy that must be used to breathe). This can make a
big difference in how mobile and active a patient can be.
Reduced Hospital Days: Several studies have documented
reduced hospitalizations when patient hospital days are compared before
and after starting transtracheal oxygen therapy. A decrease in
hospital costs has also been documented. A study done at a
community hospital involving over 160 patients confirmed that
transtracheal oxygen patients lived significantly longer (average of 24
months) than clinically similar (age, sex, lung disease, and lung
function) nasal cannula patients. This is probably due to the
fact that patients are truly getting their oxygen 24 hours per day, and
better oxygenation is beneficial to the other organ systems of the body
such as the heart, kidneys, liver, and brain.