Parts of an Oxygen Tank

By Ann Johnson

Portable oxygen tanks enable patients with breathing disorders to live beyond hospitals and sanitariums. Oxygen tanks are also used industrially, such as in welding. When using an oxygen tank, it is important to be familiar with the tank and its different features. It is essential that the user be able to control the flow of oxygen from the tank and to know when it is almost empty.

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Portable oxygen tanks enable patients with breathing disorders to live beyond hospitals and sanitariums. Oxygen tanks are also used industrially, such as in welding. When using an oxygen tank, it is important to be familiar with the tank and its different features. It is essential that the user be able to control the flow of oxygen from the tank and to know when it is almost empty.

Cart

The cart holds the oxygen tank and makes it easy for a person to move the tank. The cart typically has two wheels and a handle.

Tank

The oxygen tank is a high pressure metal cylinder. It holds the oxygen.

Regulator

The regulator is positioned at the top of the cylinder tank. The regulator controls the amount of oxygen leaving the tank.

Flow Meter

The flow meter is located on the regulator. The flow meter measures the oxygen leaving the tank by liters per minute.

Pressure Gauge

The pressure gauge is located on the regulator. It is a glass covered dial gauge that shows how much oxygen is in the tank.

Cannula

When using an oxygen tank to assist in breathing, a nasal cannula is attached to the tank. This is a thin tube that runs from the tank to the patient.

About the Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.

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