hi all has any one traveled COPD and oxygen.

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my mom has COPD and uses oxygen occasionally.

we are due to travel abroad later in the year for my brothers wedding. i am unsure about how to arrange oxygen for her to use if she needs it while we are there. she has portable oxygen but this can not be taken on the plane .thanks in advance for your advice

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    Hi When I needed oxygen on board I flew with monarch airways and they supplied the oxygen at a cost of £180 return ,the service was brilliant ,can I suggest before booking a holiday you ask your consultant to arange an inflight lung function test to see if she is fit to fly  ,I never needed the supplementary oxygen other than in airoplanes,,best wishes ,

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    Hi Nicole.

    Firstly where are you flying FROM and TOO.??

    You will almost certainly have a problem with Travel insurance to cover Mums pre excisting medical problems.

    Please be sure you answer ALL the questions because if you don't they just don't pay out.

    You must also ensure she has altitute test carried out by a specialist. Thes e are usually done in a hospital and they can simulate the oxygen level that you experience when flying, usually at about 8000 mtrs.

    At ground level we have about 21 % oxygen But at 8000mtrs it can drp to 12%.

    If Mum needs oxygen on the ground, she will certainly need it in flght.

    Again, if you can't get insurance cover for pre excisting medical complaint, just DON'T GO. Hospital costs oversea's are VERY expensive and should she needed to be AIRVACTED home, believe me it could bankrupt you.

    I Know as I live in Australia and have been travelling to Bali on holiday for years.

    The last time I was there, I was taken ill and spent 6 nights in hospital.

    The bill was nearly $7000. Fortunatly I was insured. BUT for the previous 7 years I could not get insurance. I was very lucky as I found an insurance company that would insure me.

    There is more on this subject on the british lung foundation site and also the Australian Lung Foundation Site.

    You also failed to tell us her age as this also counts and if she has been hospitalized in the last 12 months. Unfortunatly ALL of these things count as far as the insurance companies are concered.

    Al Airline have ther own rules and of course there are also OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS that you can use provided they are approved by the FAA for in flight use.

    Wish you well  Regards   Robertgreynomad.

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