Oxygen packs can be a worthwhile, even life-saving, addition to any first aid station. Oxygen can be used as a treatment for victims who are breathing, but short of breath, or it may be used as first aid treatment for victims who have stopped breathing altogether.
Emergency oxygen does not require a prescription and administered safely it can do no harm to victims. The FDA does caution that it must only be administered in emergency situations. In order to effectively administer emergency oxygen as first aid, you need to carefully read the instructions on an emergency oxygen unit or oxygen pack. You should never consider emergency oxygen as a substitute for CPR.
Oxygen units should be well protected. Durable mounting cases or carrying cases are a definite benefit in order to keep your emergency oxygen prepared and in good condition. There are also cases that offer foam protection and waterproofing.
Parts and special considerations
Emergency oxygen units typically consist of several components:
A couple of issues warrant special attention:
Emergency Oxygen Kits: Value
Emergency oxygen packs usually retail for a little over $300, and they are an excellent addition to any first aid kit or station, especially when used in conjunction with CPR and an AED, if necessary.
Emergency and first aid oxygen packs are worthwhile for sport divers, avid boaters and anyone who hosts swimming guests.