Oxygen Qualification Studies

After a hospital stay or a diagnosis of lung disease, supplemental oxygen is sometimes needed to help patients maintain their health.  In order to obtain a physician’s order for oxygen, patients must have a study to qualify for the oxygen at home. 

About the study

The oxygen qualification study is a three-step process that takes about 15 minutes and is not painful. 

Once patients are ready for studies, Lodi Health staff will check their oxygen saturations level on room air (without any additional oxygen on).  Then staff will walk with the patient while monitoring his or her oxygen level for five minutes or less.  After that staff will place the patient on oxygen and walk him or her for five minutes or less. 

That concludes the test and provides the information necessary for the physician to evaluate the need for home oxygen.