KUCHING, Sept 12 — The Malaysian Medical Affiliation (MMA) is deeply involved over the widespread promoting of oxygen supplementation canisters which provides 99 per cent pure oxygen for dwelling use.
In one of many ads, the corporate even highlighted that the product has been accredited by the Ministry of Well being Malaysia (MOH) and used an image of a kid to point that the oxygen supplementation is protected for youngsters.
“The MMA want to stress that unregulated gross sales and buy of oxygen supplementation ought to cease because the follow will not be helpful and should even be dangerous to the affected person. Other than this, it is usually a fireplace hazard. Oxygen supplementation ought to solely be a part of prescription from registered medical practitioners,” stated MMA president Professor Datuk Dr Subramaniam Muniandy in a press release yesterday.
In accordance with College of Malaya Professor of Occupational and Public Well being Dr Victor Hoe, “The air we breathe incorporates 21 per cent oxygen; that is the optimum quantity of oxygen that our physique is used to.
In all places all over the world folks have been residing on 21 per cent oxygen. It doesn’t matter if you’re within the equator or on high of Mount Everest, the quantity of oxygen continues to be 21 per cent. In fact, the air on Mount Everest could also be thinner, nevertheless, it nonetheless solely incorporates 21 per cent oxygen.”
Dr Hoe who can be a MMA Wilayah Department life member stated that within the present Covid-19 pandemic, many individuals try to complement the atmospheric oxygen that they breathe with both oxygen concentrators or canister oxygen.
The rationale for that is that there’s details about folks with Covid-19 who having decreased partial strain of oxygen (PaO2) of their blood.
The Ministry of Well being suggested individuals who have Covid-19 in Class 1 and a pair of beneath dwelling isolation to watch their PaO2 and it’s important for everybody to grasp that every one sufferers with Covid-19 beneath dwelling isolation are monitored intently by healthcare staff.
If there’s any deterioration of their PaO2 the Covid-19 sufferers can be admitted to the hospitals for additional evaluation and therapy, he stated.
“It is because PaO2 deterioration signifies that the illness has worsened and is affecting the lungs or coronary heart. When this occurs, the affected person must be assessed by a health care provider in a clinic or hospital. It’s not advisable for the affected person to make use of supplemental oxygen as a result of by utilizing the supplemental oxygen, though the PaO2 perhaps be regular however the lung or coronary heart may proceed to deteriorate.
“Oxygen supplementation ought to solely be given beneath strict medical recommendation and supervision. For dwelling use oxygen is barely prescribed to sufferers which have persistent low PaO2 as a consequence of persistent lung or coronary heart situations and will solely be given in a managed quantity. It is because extreme oxygen will not be helpful and could be poisonous to the affected person.”
“Paracelsus von Hohenheim the Swiss doctor and father of toxicology has stated that ‘All issues are poison, and nothing is with out poison; the dosage alone makes it so a factor will not be a poison.’ This holds true for oxygen. There are a lot of issues that come up from respiratory 100 per cent oxygen for a protracted time period,” Dr Hoe stated.
He added that oxygen popping out from the canister is chilly and dry and it must be conditioned earlier than it may breathed. Respiration chilly and dry air can harm the lungs and improve the danger to get lung an infection.
“The oxygen canister can be a fireplace hazard. After we are utilizing excessive focus of oxygen the danger of fireplace is there and we have to be certain that the environment are free from sparks, flammable liquid, and objects.” he cautioned. — Borneo Publish