One Step Ahead & HME provides services through a Registered Respiratory Therapist available to assist patients with oxygen assistance and respiratory supplies. We carry a wide range of oxygen supplies such as oxygen concentrators, homefill machines, oxygen tanks, nebulizer compressors and supplies, CPAP/ BiPAP machines and supplies. These supplies are provided and available upon medical necessity. Our Respiratory Therapist is available to provide you with oxygen set-ups in your home, to train you on the proper use of respiratory equipment and to answer any questions you may have. We also provide portable oxygen units to our oxygen patients upon request for extended traveling. Our Respiratory Therapist works with hospitals, family care practitioners, and sleep apnea specialists to assess your needs and to better serve you. We can assist you with mask and supply fittings for sleep apnea machines (CPAP, BiPAP, or VPAP machines), walk you through the proper use of a nebulizer machine, and administer pulse-oximetry tests to assess your oxygen levels at rest and exertion.
At One Step Ahead & HME, our Respiratory Department is trained and equipped to help you with your oxygen needs. Working with your primary physician, we can set up an oxygen concentrator in your home, a portable oxygen emergency tank (e-tank), portable oxygen tanks, and all oxygen supplies required for proper use of the equipment. This includes cannulas, tubing, filters, and humidifier bottles. We work with your doctor to make sure you have what you need as soon as you come home. Upon set-up of the oxygen equipment, we will provide you with the education and materials necessary on how to work the equipment and supplies, how to maintain the equipment, and who to contact for troubleshooting. As with all of our respiratory services, we stay in contact with you on a regular basis to ensure that you have the supplies you need, that your oxygen equipment is properly functioning, and that you are doing well with the equipment and your needs are being met. We want you to know that we care about you and your well-being and are here to serve you.
The standard treatment for sleep apnea is the use of a machine that provides support to keep your airway open while you are asleep. This can be accomplished with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in which a constant flow of air is provided via a face mask. The pressure of this air is determined based on your needs and is meant to prevent both apnea and snoring. A similar therapy is called BiPAP, which is a trademarked abbreviation for bilevel positive airway pressure. The "bilevel" component refers to the fact that there are two pressures of which the machine is able to alternate between. This allows you to breathe out against a slightly lower pressure. BiPAP is more often used to treat central sleep apnea. Our Respiratory Therapist is trained to work with your physician that is treating your sleep apnea to assess what type of machine is best for you and will set you up at the level prescribed to ensure a better flow of oxygen while you sleep. We will provide you with the sleep apnea machine that best fits your needs and fit you with a mask that is right for you. As your sleep apnea equipment and service provider, we will ensure that you have the proper supplies needed to use your CPAP or BiPAP machine, to maintain the functionality of your machine, and to give you comfort while you sleep. We will continue to stay in contact with you as a CPAP or BiPAP patient to keep your supplies up-to-date and to be here for any questions or concerns that you might have.
"Nebulizers are commonly used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis, asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases." Nebulizers use oxygen or compressed air to break up medical solutions and suspensions into small aerosol droplets that can be directly inhaled from the mouthpiece of the device. At One Step Ahead & HME, our Respiratory Therapist can provide you with a nebulizer machine and supplies with a prescription from a doctor. We will equip you with how to use the equipment, how to maintain it, and remain available to you should you have any questions or concerns.We provide a variety of nebulizer machines, nebulizer kits, and masks, including pediatric for children.