After an assessment, if a funding source is available, what’s next?

Oxygen must be ordered or prescribed by a physician, informed consent must be obtained from the client or their substitute decision maker, and the client must be properly identified prior to set-up. Depending on the blood gas results, Breathe Easy may inform the client that an immediate set-up is preferred to initiate oxygen therapy sooner than later, provided there is a valid medical order. Set-ups for clients in private homes are generally based on the client’s availability and at their convenience. Flow rates will be based on the valid medical orders from the prescribing physician. Registered staff may collaborate with the physician, facility staff and/or client or substitute decision maker, to discuss what is in the best interests of the client prior to initiation of therapy. A risk assessment will also be performed to ensure patient safety, with a follow-up visit scheduled within 7 days.