Planning to travel with your home medical equipment in tow can be stressful. First of all, you don’t want your equipment to get damaged while transporting it and if flying, you may be unsure if the airline will even allow your device or supplies on to the plane. Read on for some helpful travel tips that will get you and your home medical equipment to your destination safely.
When traveling with home medical equipment, your first step should always be to plan ahead by calling all destinations you will be visiting. Call the airline to check their specific rules regarding your home medical device as many airlines have different policies. You may also need to arrange to work with a home medical provider at your destination if you are limited in the devices you can bring on the plane.
Contact the hotel you will be staying at and discuss with them your medical needs and even contact restaurants during your trip to let them know your medical needs so that they are ready to accommodate you when you arrive.
While packing, be sure to bring spare parts for your home medical device so you are ready for any damage that may occur. Also, if you are unsure about the weight of your luggage, try carrying it around the block and this will give you an idea of whether or not it is too heavy.
Traveling with Portable Oxygen
If you are a portable oxygen user at all, odds are you will need oxygen for your flight. The air quality diminishes as you travel higher in altitude and on airplanes; your cabin is likely pressurized to air pressure equal or slightly lower than 8,000 feet above sea level. This air quality is typically not enough to keep anyone with respiratory problems healthy in-flight. Call your airline and check with them on which portable oxygen devices they accept on their planes and also how much portable oxygen you can take with you.
As you can see, traveling with home medical equipment doesn’t have to be stressful as long as you are prepared and have discussed your needs with all businesses involved. For more information on medical equipment call New England Surgical at 1-800-336-1300.