Glossary of terms

Ambulatory
This term is used to describe any oxygen system that can be used on the move or outside the home.

Barrel
This is the section that attaches to the bottom of the mask (it can be different colours) to determine the percentage of oxygen that you receive. The type of barrel is determined by the details provided on the HOOF.

Cannulae
They can also be known as ‘nasal specs’ and is the plastic tubing with the pieces that fit up the nose to supply the oxygen.

Concentrator machine
This is the term for the machine that plugs into the electricity and produces oxygen from the surrounding air.

Conserver
This is the name for a small device that fits on an ambulatory oxygen cylinder that can make it last up to three times as long. A conserver will only be supplied to patients who are over seven years old and have been assessed by a Healthcare Professional.

Consumables
These can also be known as disposables and applies to the mask, tubing and cannula.

Cylinder
This is the name for the oxygen tanks and applies to both the larger cylinder with the green top and also the smaller ones that can be carried around.

Dewar
This is the large stationary container for LOX used to refill the portable devices.

Firebreak
Firebreaks stop a fire at the earliest time, limiting the amount of toxic smoke produced and slowing the spread of the fire. This is the small white plastic device which is fitted on to the length of tubing, the blue arrow should always be facing the patient and should NEVER be removed. For your information there will not be a firebreak fitted on ambulatory tubing.

Flowrate
This is the term used to describe how many litres per minute the patient has been ordered. This setting is decided by a Healthcare Professional and should not be altered unless specifically told to do so.

HOOF
This stands for Home Oxygen Order Form and is the form that your GP or healthcare team will complete to let us know what your home oxygen therapy supply should be and where we should deliver it. This form should be used for supplies at home, on holiday and at any permanent secondary address.

LOX
This is an abbreviation of Liquid Oxygen.

LPM
This is an abbreviation of Litres Per Minute.

LTOT
This stands for Long Term Oxygen Therapy and is a continuous oxygen supply in the home, normally for 15 hours per day or more.

Mode of supply
This is the term used to describe the equipment that has been provided to supply you with the details shown on the HOOF.

Paediatric
This is the term used by Healthcare Professionals to describe anything relating to the medical care of children.

SBOT
This stands for Short Burst Oxygen Therapy and is an oxygen supply for patients who suffer intermittent breathlessness or other symptoms that do not require long term oxygen therapy.

    Re-Ordering Oxygen Cylinders, Liquid Oxygen or Consumables

    To request replacement oxygen cylinders, cannula, mask or consumables, please complete the form below:


    If you are requesting a cylinder delivery you can chose a day for your delivery.

    We deliver seven days a week outside of the North West and Monday to Friday in the North West (seven-day service coming to North West patients in Spring 2021).


    Please let us know your requirements:

    B10 Large Static Cylinder

    B10 large static cylinder

    Standard Ambulatory Cylinder

    Standard ambulatory cylinder

    Smaller Ambulatory Cylinder

    Smaller ambulatory cylinder
    (only available after a professional medical assessment)

    Adult Cannula (Curved)
    Adult Cannula (Straight)
    Adult Mask
    Ear Protectors
    Paediatric Cannula
    Paediatric Mask
    Filter for Oxygen concentrator machine
    Tender Grips

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