Don’t Miss Free Walk-in CPAP Clinics Near You!

It’s time to get your CPAP mask and equipment checked! A couple of times each year, Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment hosts FREE clinics giving our Minnesota CPAP and BiPAP customers an opportunity to have their CPAP mask and equipment checked and updated. Hosted at each of our Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area locations, the CPAP clinics have proven to be very popular with our customers over the years. At the FREE clinics, our knowledgeable staff will:

The staff at each of our eight Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area retail locations will answer any questions you have on the equipment cleaning schedule and help to ensure insurance coverage of these supplies as well as show you the latest in sleep therapy products:

  • Mask technology
  • Tubing covers
  • Mask wipes
  • CPAP pillows

Watch this short video with Francis explaining why it’s important to clean or replace your CPAP mask and supplies on a regular basis and how often:

Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment is now carrying the new AirMini CPAP by ResMed. This machine is the perfect size for traveling, weighs only .66 pounds and can fit in the palm of your hand. CPAP users often say they don’t take their machine along when traveling due to the size, which disrupts their therapy and increases sleep apnea risks. The ResMed AirMini can also be operated through a smartphone. Once users download the app to their smartphone, it is easy to set the equipment settings and fit as well as track therapy history. Be sure to check it out when you stop in!

CPAP Clinic Dates & Locations:
All clinics are on a walk-in basis and run from 2:00 – 6:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, October 2nd – St. Paul

2:00 – 5:00 pm
17 W. Exchange Street, Suite 130

Wednesday, October 4th – Burnsville

2:00 – 6:00 pm
14001A Grand Avenue S

Monday, October 9th – Shakopee

2:00 – 6:00 pm
1667 17th Avenue E, Suite 102

Wednesday, October 11th – Woodbury

2:00 – 6:00 pm
1815 Radio Drive

Monday, October 16th – St. Louis Park

2:00 – 6:00 pm
4820 Park Glen Road

Wednesday, October 18th – Maple Grove

2:00 – 6:00 pm
9515 Black Oaks Lane

Monday, October 23rd – Maplewood

2:00 – 6:00 pm
1715-D Beam Avenue

Wednesday, October 25th – Coon Rapids

2:00 – 6:00 pm
11650 Round Lake Blvd

No appointment is needed for a clinic, simply walk-in to a location near you. If you are unable to attend one of the above clinics, please call your nearest Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment store to schedule a time that works for you. While you’re there, take a look around the store, maybe you’ll find the perfect accessory for your medical equipment or updated technology and improve your CPAP therapy.

Posted on: September 27th, 2017 by Francis Sheehy in CPAP | No Comments

Compression Therapy 101

Compression is a commonly used type of therapy which provides relief to those who suffer from various circulation issues, including chronic venous disorders, such as thrombosis and edema. Designed to apply gradient pressure, compression stockings are a specialized hosiery that will help increase circulation and prevent blood clots. Compression stockings fit tightest at the ankles and the compression gradually reduces towards the knees and thighs. This design forces better circulation in the narrow veins which results in less swelling, more blood returning to the heart and less blood pooling in the feet.

Benefits of wearing compression garments may include:

  • Improve venous blood circulation
  • Decrease the risk of blood clots
  • Decrease swelling
  • Prevent venous blood from pooling in the legs

Compression Stocking Size ChartProper fit is crucial to ensure successful compression therapy. There are several levels of compression available providing gradient levels of compression throughout the sock, so it is best to be measured by a professional or your doctor. The compression types are as follows:

8 – 15 mmHg:  very mild level of compression
15 – 20 mmHg:  moderate level
20 – 30 mmHg:  popular for those who travel or on their feet much of the day
30 – 40 mmHg:  offers high level of compression and is commonly used after surgery

In addition to compression stockings, TEDs (anti-embolism stockings) are an option. TEDs are typically used with bed bound (non-ambulatory) patients. Where compression hosiery offers a gradient compression throughout the leg, TEDs garments administer pressure on the lower legs and feet with most of the compression at the calf. TEDs garments are designed to prevent blood clots from developing in those who are not up moving around on their own. To help keep the two types straight, remember ‘TEDs are for bed’.

Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment carries a variety of brands and styles to fit your needs and has certified fitters at all eight Twin Cities locations. Our fitters will assist you in selecting your stockings, donning, proper compression, style, fabric and color. Our certified fitters are knowledgeable in compression therapy, the equipment commonly used, and will provide tips and demonstration to help put the garments on.

Due to the actual compression and the thick material the stockings are made of, it can be difficult to put them on. This difficulty is one of the most common reasons for failed compression therapy. There are several ways to successfully put on compression stockings, including:

  • Turn the sock inside out and, starting at the toes, inch the sock up the leg
  • Use rubber gloves to obtain a better grip on the stocking and helps to avoid snags
  • Use a rigid sock aid
  • Use a stocking donner

It is helpful to put your stockings on first thing in the morning, before any leg swelling has occurred. It is important to ensure the stocking is pulled up evenly without bunching up which causes ineffective compression. The use of a stocking donner is also very helpful, especially if there is a loss of hand strength, an inability to bend over or other dexterity issues. Take a moment to watch this video showing step-by-step instructions on how to use a stocking donner.

The compression world has changed quite a bit over the years. Grandma’s rubber compression hosiery is actually fashionable now! Manufacturers have revolutionized the compression garments and offer a wide variety of stylish fabrics (including sheer), colors and styles.

At Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment, our trained fitters can show you the wide variety of options, assist with correct size and type, donning, as well as proper care and use. All eight Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment locations throughout the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area have trained fitters ready to measure your legs and offer a personal fitting specific to your health needs. Stop in today and let our trained fitters bring your compression wear to the next level.

Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by Francis Sheehy in Compression Therapy | No Comments

Tips for Using Your Walker

Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment is the premier home medical equipment provider serving Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding Twin Cities suburbs with quality equipment and service. We enable you to stay safe and live independently in your home by offering a comprehensive array of home medical equipment and oxygen, including CPAP masks, machines and supplies.

Living independently is important to many Minnesota seniors and being able to make minor repairs to keep their medical equipment in tip top shape is crucial. We offer other resourceful videos, such as How to Buy a Lift Chair, and How to Clean Your CPAP Mask and Equipment for your reference and to help you to live more independently.

Watch this video and learn from our longtime employee, Dimitri, as he offers tips for proper and safe use of a walker (also referred to as a rollator), as well as how to make minor brake adjustments and tighten the brake cable when necessary.


3 Tips for Keeping Your Walker Safe and Working Properly:

How to Adjust the Handle Bars:  In this video, Dimitri tells us why it’s important to use a rollator properly. Avoid straining your shoulders and back by making sure the handle bars are at the correct height and learn how to make this minor adjustment at home.

How to Make Brake Adjustments:  When you apply the brakes on your rollator, the wheels should lock in place with no movement at all. If your walker continues to move even with the brakes on, learn step-by-step how to make minor brake adjustments to ensure safe use.

How to Tighten the Brake Cable:  With daily use of the rollator, the brake cables tend to strain and stretch out, which causes the cable to become loose and this affects the ability to adjust the brakes. Learn how to tighten up the slack on the brake line to ensure they are working properly.

To ensure your rollator is not the most boring one in the room, Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment offers some fun ways to jazz it up a bit. Find quick, easy ways to trick out your medical equipment and ensure your walker stands out from the rest! We also offer many accessory pieces to help you transport items safely while maintaining the functionality to continue managing daily chores or errands independently.

We hope you find this video and the step by step instructions from Dimitri helpful. Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment serves the Twin Cities from eight convenient locations. Your health and well-being is too important to trust to just anyone. Let the caring professionals at Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment assist you with the home medical equipment and other healthcare and oxygen supplies you need. Stop in any of our eight Minneapolis and St. Paul metro locations or contact us today with questions, concerns or comments.

Posted on: July 31st, 2017 by Francis Sheehy in Medical Equipment | No Comments

10th Annual Show Us Your Crown Contest

It’s that time of year again – with beautiful summer days in Minnesota upon us, it’s the perfect time to submit a photo wearing your lady liberty crown to our 10th annual Show Us Your Crown contest and help us raise money for the American Lung Association Minnesota. Never participated in our annual contest? It’s simple! Stop in to any of our eight Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment locations in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to pick up your FREE lady liberty crown. Then start snapping fun, creative pictures wearing the crown and submit your photos to Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment by emailing them to [email protected]. You can submit as many photos as you’d like and for each entrant that submits a photo (or multiple photos) before July 15th, Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment will donate $10 to the Minnesota chapter of the American Lung Association.

After July 15th, Cheryl Sasse, RRT, Director, Lung Health, from the American Lung Association Minnesota will select the final winners. Prizes are awarded to the top three entries:

First Place:  Dinner for two at Kincaid’s
Second Place:  $50 gas card
Third Place:  $25 gas card

With the opportunity to win these great prizes and a donation from Liberty Oxygen to the American Lung Association of Minnesota, everyone is a winner in our Show Us Your Crown contest! We really value our partnership with Cheryl Sasse and the American Lung Association Minnesota. Together, we’re helping people with chronic respiratory disease get the CPAP equipment and oxygen supplies they need to maintain their maximum health.  The fundraising component makes this fun contest mean even more to our clients and us! Click here to check out some of the photo entries from last year and see all the contest details.

Posted on: May 31st, 2017 by Francis Sheehy in Show Us Your Crown Contest | No Comments

Are You Trying to Finance Your Medical Equipment Needs?

By guest blogger Beth Paterson, Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional, NMLS #342859, Reverse Mortgages SIDAC, A Division of Greenleaf Financial, NMLS #173899

Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment understands the financial needs of our customers can be challenging. We recently reconnected with Beth Paterson with Reverse Mortgages SIDAC to learn more about the options available to the seniors in our Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area communities.

Most Minnesota seniors want to stay in their homes and remain independent yet often believe they can’t for a number of reasons.  Having access to medical equipment or modifying a home could make your wish of remaining in your home a reality by providing a safer, more comfortable environment. Common oxygen and medical equipment needs, including daily living aids, will enable your senior loved one stay in their home longer. These equipment items may include:maxi comfort lift chair

  • Mobility equipment – a walker, wheelchair, rollator or power mobility scooter may be needed to help your senior loved one get around easier
  • Access ramp – this will allow easier access in and out of the home
  • Lift Chairs – move to several different standing and sitting positions, including the Trendelenburg postion
  • Hospital bed – to provide a more comfortable night’s sleep
  • Oxygen equipment – such as nebulizers, CPAP masks, machines and supplies
  • Aids for daily living – aids that make life that much easier, including compression stockings or braces/supports

Everyday activities such as bathing, toileting, cooking, and getting up and down the stairs can be made easier to perform by adapting the home or having well-fitting medical equipment.  Modifying the home can be as simple as installing grab bars in the bathrooms or touch buttons for turning lights on and off to installing lifts to access another level of the home.

By assessing medical equipment from Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment and modifying the home, one can live safely, comfortably and remain independent.  But how is this affordable?

Medicare is more complicated to receive and seniors are going without because the money needed to improve your life isn’t available. A line of credit or lump sum draw from a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) may be the solution beyond what Medicare will cover.  The HECM was first insured in 1989 by FHA for the purpose of providing a valuable financing alternative for senior homeowners to help them remain in their home and have access to funds by withdrawing a portion of their home equity.

A HECM, commonly known as a reverse mortgage, is a special loan allowing homeowners 62 years of age and older to remain in their home with security, independence, dignity, and control.  Similar to a conventional loan where a lien is placed on the home yet the borrower retains ownership.

Bob, a Minnesota senior, wanted to stay in his home.  He was approved for a reverse mortgage and with a portion of the proceeds he was able to modify his home by having the doorways widened to accommodate a wheelchair and had grab bars installed.  Bob is thrilled that he will be able to remain in his home for years to come and have the funds needed for future medical equipment needs also.

With the flexibility of making payments toward the loan balance, or NOT making a mortgage payment at all, the HECM reverse mortgage could provide the cash for immediate needs or future needs.  Note: borrowers are still responsible for paying property taxes, hazard insurance and maintenance of the home.

To qualify for a reverse mortgage, borrowers:

  • Are at least 62 years or older
  • Own their home with enough proceeds to pay off any current mortgages or liens
  • Meet financial assessment requirements demonstrating their ability and willingness to pay property taxes and insurance into the future.

In some circumstances a Life Expectancy Set Aside may be required to cover the property taxes and insurance. The reverse mortgage loan amount is based on the age of the borrower, their home value and an Expected Interest Rate.

Due and payable when the home is no longer the primary residence, usually when they move, die or sell, a reverse mortgage can allow one to remain in their home and use the equity for their needs or wants now.  As a non-recourse loan, there is no personal liability to the borrower or their estate.  If the home is sold for more than the loan balance then the borrower(s) or their heirs keep the difference.

The HECM Line of Credit funds, which have a growth rate on unused funds, can provide some safeguards for your future.  Additionally, you could change your payment plan option to receive tenure or term monthly payments; this can benefit you as your needs change.

One day, reverse mortgage borrower Anna and her daughter were sitting at the kitchen table and Anna shared that before their reverse mortgage she and her husband had struggled living just on their Social Security.  As they were sitting there looking at newspaper ads, Anna exclaimed, “Look, Depends are on sale, I can now stock up.”

Do you or a senior loved one need medical equipment or wish to modify your home to continue living there safe, comfortable and independent?  What about daily living aids that make life that much easier?  Consider a HECM to help you finance your medical equipment needs from Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment.

If you are in need of medical equipment, daily living aids or concerned about your CPAP equipment’s fit or function, call or stop by any of the eight-metro area Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment locations and one of the expert staff members can assist you with your needs.

© 2017 Beth Paterson, Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional (CRMP), NMLS #342859
Reverse Mortgages SIDAC, a Division of Greenleaf Financial, LLC, NMLS #173899

Reverse Mortgages SIDAC, A Division of Greenleaf Financial, and Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment are not affiliated financially and do not exchange your personal information.

Information is current as of date post published, program is subject to change in the future. Contact us for current information, 651-762-9648.

The information provided is not from, or approved by HUD, FHA, or any US Government or Agency.

Posted on: April 28th, 2017 by Francis Sheehy in General | No Comments

Spring 2017 CPAP Clinics

It’s spring cleaning time in Minnesota and that includes your CPAP machine and supplies! Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment is once again hosting FREE CPAP clinics throughout the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area. These free clinics are very popular with our Minnesota CPAP and BiPAP customers, providing the opportunity to have their CPAP mask and equipment checked and updated.

In addition to making sure your CPAP mask is fitting properly, our knowledgeable staff will:

  • Examine your mask and supplies and replace them if needed
  • Check your pressure and settings
  • Fit you with a new, comfortable mask if necessary or desired
  • Demonstrate proper cleaning procedures
  • Show you the latest accessories – be sure to check out the selection of fun novelty mask attachments while you’re there!

The staff at each of our eight retail locations will also answer your questions and help to ensure insurance coverage of these supplies.

CPAP Clinic Dates & Locations:

Tuesday, April 4th – St. Paul

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

17 W. Exchange Street


Thursday, April 6th – Burnsville

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

14001 A Grand Avenue S.


Tuesday, April 11th – Maplewood

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

1715-D Beam Avenue


Thursday, April 13th – St. Louis Park

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

4820 Park Glen Road


Tuesday, April 18th – Maple Grove

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

9515 Black Oaks Lane


Thursday, April 20th – Woodbury

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

1815 Radio Drive


Tuesday, April 25th – Shakopee

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

1667 17th Avenue E., Suite 102


Thursday, April 27th – Coon Rapids

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

11650 Round Lake Boulevard


All clinics are held from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, unless otherwise noted and are on a walk-in basis. If you are unable to attend a clinic, please call your nearest Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment store to schedule a free check-up. While you’re there, be sure to take a look around the store, maybe you’ll find the perfect accessory for your medical equipment and improve your CPAP therapy!

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by Francis Sheehy in CPAP | No Comments

How to Buy a Lift Chair

I am Kristin Porrez and I am the Retail Sales Manager at Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment.

At Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment, we are contracted to accept most insurances. Any of our Customer Service Representatives at any of our eight locations can help the customers determine if we can take that insurance and what it takes to get something covered. For a lift chair though, the most that is ever going to be paid by any insurance company is going to be on the lift mechanism and that dollar amount will differ, but at this time that amount is in the $360 range. In order to get that part paid, and again it’s just the lift mechanism because the rest of the chair is considered a furniture item, the patient has to have a neuromuscular disease, such as Parkinson’s, or severe arthritis of the lower limbs, meaning knees, ankles, but not the back. A lot of people feel that a back injury or back surgery should be covered, but it is not. The patient also has to be unable to stand from a normal chair on their own, but able to walk once standing. That means even walking with a walker.

A lot of times people feel that they cannot stand from a normal chair on their own, but they are using a scooter or a wheelchair that has been purchased by their insurance company. If a wheelchair or scooter has been purchased by your insurance company, they are not going to buy a lift chair. The criteria contradict itself. A scooter or a wheelchair is paid by the insurance company because a person cannot walk, but the lift chair criteria as I mentioned is only paid if a person can walk once standing. Just if someone has a wheelchair or scooter, a lift chair will never be covered by insurance then.

Medical Equipment vs Furniture:

maxi comfort lift chairWe at Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment recommend that a lift chair be purchased from a medical equipment store. A lot of furniture stores out there have lift chairs also, but there is a big difference between a lift chair you buy at a furniture store and a lift chair you buy at a medical equipment store. At a medical equipment store, the chair is built around the motor. At a furniture store, a regular recliner is taken and a motor is installed onto it, as an after-thought, so to speak.

When someone comes into one of our showrooms to look at lift chairs, we ask them a number of questions, starting with:

  • Who is the patient, who is going to use the lift chair?
  • What is the size of the person who is going to use it?
  • Is there dementia involved with the person using the chair? That will determine which type of chair they best qualify for.


There are a number of different chairs and models. The main difference between the styles is the motor. A two-button lift chair has two buttons on the remote and the chair goes up to stand the patient up and it reclines all the way. With only two buttons it makes it a lot easier to use for someone with dementia. As compared to a remote that has many buttons, there are more capabilities and more functions but is confusing if the patient has dementia of any kind. The type of chair with more functions will have a dual motor system which allows the user to control the back separate from the feet.

Using the Chair:

If someone has trouble sitting in a chair, it is good for the lift chair to be in the up position to begin with. Then the user can move the chair down to any position desired by using the buttons on the remote control, as well as back to a standing position when needed. The chair moves slow, so it is a safe way of getting up and down.

If the patient uses a walker, it is very important that the walker is kept next to the chair so when they sit down and stand back up the walker is nearby to help steady without having to take steps to get to the walker.

Dual Motor Programming:

On a lift chair with a dual motor, using the remote control the patient can program the buttons to their favorite position. The chair has a zero-gravity position option, an optimum TV viewing to be a bed, some patients need to use it for sleeping at times.

lift chairColors and Fabrics:

We inquire where the chair will be located in the home, so we can help them pick out a chair with the color and fabric that will work best in their home. There is a wide variety of colors and fabrics available for the chairs. Each chair model will have a number of fabrics that are standard, which means there will be no additional charges for the standard fabric. There are also vinyl options, which is good for a patient with incontinence, and also a faux leather option. This is a great option – it looks and feels like leather, it will not show scratches and it’s easy to clean. This is a popular choice – the fabric holds up to heat and sun without feeling hot or fading.

Delivery and Installation:

At Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment, we offer free Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area delivery. All of our eight locations have a great selection of chairs and fabrics to choose from. When the chair is delivered by Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment, the chair will be placed in the home where the patient wants it, the chair will be plugged in with back-up batteries installed and tested to ensure the chair is ready to go.

At Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment in Minnesota, we take pride in ensuring that our customers purchase a lift chair that fits his or her needs. As you can see, there are many options to choose from and things to consider when purchasing a power lift chair. It can become overwhelming when researching your options, so don’t hesitate to ask questions. Any of the Customer Care Specialists at any of the eight Liberty Oxygen store locations will be able to assist you, including helping you with questions on insurance coverage. Contact us today at Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment to learn more.

Posted on: February 20th, 2017 by Francis Sheehy in Medical Equipment | No Comments

Top CPAP Masks for 2017

Here is a list of our Top CPAP Masks for 2017 that can be found at any of our eight Minneapolis/St. Paul metro locations:

Nasal Pillow Masks

DreamWear – Allowing more freedom of movement and more comfort than full face masks, the patient feels like they are not wearing a CPAP mask at all. The unique design of the DreamWear pillow mask offers many of the benefits of nasal and pillow masks, allowing patients to have the best of both mask types.

Nuance Pro Gel – With the greater comfort and seal of gel pillows, the design of the Nuance Pro helps patients succeed with their CPAP therapy. The gel padded frame and non-slip headgear holds the mask in place, reducing the need for re-adjustment.

Swift FX– Resporonics is bringing the comfort and sealing power of gel to nasal pillows. The Naunce Gel pillow mask represents the new choice for better sleep therapy for clinicians, home care providers, and patients.

AirFit 10 – This full face mask delivers the comfort and reliability patients have grown to trust, but in a compact design. The line of sight is not affected, the user can still wear glasses to read or watch TV with the mask on.


Nasal Masks

Wisp (Nasal Mask) – With its minimally invasive design and superior seal, the Wisp nasal mask delivers comfort and performance. The compact design comfortably fits more than 98% of patients.

Mirage Quattro – Offering streamlined design and quiet performance, this mask is easy to fit and use. The Mirage Quattro full face design is the industry standard for CPAP masks, allowing a wide range of movement during sleep.

Activa LT – Designed to accommodate a wide range of users, the ResMed Mirage Activa LT nasal mask is engineered to ensure a comfortable, hassle-free night’s sleep.  It’s the only sleep apnea mask you will ever need.


Full Face Masks

Quattro (Full Face Mask) – Offering streamlined design and quiet performance, this mask is easy to fit and use. The Mirage Quattro full face design is the industry standard for CPAP masks, allowing a wide range of movement during sleep.

Quattro Air (Full Face Mask) – Made up of only four parts, this CPAP mask is easy to use and assemble. Pressure on the face is reduced while maintaining a high-performance seal, delivering comfort for sleep apnea therapy.

Amara View (Full Face Mask) – The Amara View’s innovative design prevents red marks, discomfort or irritation on the bridge of the nose. This design also provides the widest field of vision and allows the user to wear eyeglasses while reading or watching TV.

AirFit 10 (Full Face Mask) – This full face mask delivers the comfort and reliability patients have grown to trust, but in a compact design. The line of sight is not affected, the user can still wear glasses to read or watch TV with the mask on.


Medical equipment is not typically very exciting, but at Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment we try to have a little fun when it comes to accessorizing your medical equipment needs. We have accessories to trick out your mobility equipment as well as a variety of CPAP mask clips to make the mask a little more personalized. Take a look around the store, maybe you’ll find the perfect accessory for your medical equipment and improve your CPAP therapy!

CPAP technology is constantly changing and evolving. Eleven years ago, the CPAP machines were not computerized. Approximately 10 years ago, the manufacturers included an SD card and a hard drive in the machines to record the data. The way the data transmits has evolved over the years too, and current machines have a wireless Bluetooth connection as well as a built-in humidifier that auto-adjusts based on the humidity levels in the room. There are applications available to download to your cell phone that enable the patient to see their data throughout the day, such as:

•  How long the patient slept

•  Mask leakage

•  Snoring

•  Hypopnea and apnea readings

Whether you are buying your first CPAP mask or replacing a current one, when you think about your next mask purchase, be sure to consider and try on the latest styles before deciding on the one for you. Let the experts at Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment assist you with comfort and fit as well as teaching you how to care for and properly use your CPAP mask. The friendly staff at our eight Minneapolis/St. Paul metro medical equipment store locations are also educated and experienced with insurance procedures and can work with your insurance company to ensure your CPAP mask and supplies are covered. Contact us today with any questions by calling or stopping by any of our retail stores.

Here is a video that helps explain how to properly clean your CPAP Machine.

Make sure to take a look at our January deals.




Posted on: January 13th, 2017 by Francis Sheehy in General | No Comments

3 Things You Need to Know About Your Vein Health


medi-logo-loresBy guest blogger Samantha Fiero, Territory Business Manager MN/ND, mediUSA.

Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment
is proud to sell medi compression products in all eight of its Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota metro locations. Medi’s premium mediven brand compression stockings (also called compression hose) provide
medically accurate, comfortable, and fashionable compression for all sizes and styles to support healthy veins and legs. 

It’s easy to know when your skin, teeth, or overall diet is in good or bad health – these are important parts of your body that you see every day! But what about the less visible parts of your health? Though you may not see it in action, your venous system covers every part of your body and is essential for helping keep your blood flowing. When it comes to understanding your venous health and stopping the development of vein disease, there are three important things you need to know.

  1. Knowledge matters. Understanding your veins and what causes vein disease is the first step to preventing it.
  2. Compression matters. Compression therapy is the gold standard for healthy legs and for treating vein disease – but it’s important to make sure that you are using graduated, medical compression garments to provide safe and effective therapy.
  3. Fit matters. Compression garments are medical devices and need to be fitted just for you by a trained professional in order to provide effective therapy. Luckily, wearing comfortable, stylish compression garments has never been easier!

mediven_comfort_calf_ebony_closedtoeKnowledge matters. With every step you take gravity is pulling you towards the ground. This force from gravity makes it more challenging for the veins in your legs to push blood back up your legs towards your heart, as they are forced to push against gravity. This is why standing for long periods of time can cause swelling of the feet and ankles – the tissues fill up with fluids while you are standing and struggle to empty that fluid into the veins until you are lying down and the force of gravity is lessened. Extended pressure on the veins in your legs can weaken the vein walls and valves, leading to the development of vein disease. Vein disease can be caused by environmental factors such as sitting or standing for long periods of time, but can also be hereditary, and many women experience the beginnings of vein disease while pregnant. While vein disease may begin as seemingly harmless swollen ankles or sore legs, if left untreated the complications of vein disease can be far worse. It can progress to varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, venous ulcers, or blood clots.

mediven_sheer_soft_panty_naturalCompression matters. To keep your veins healthy, they need a little support. Literally – they need support! And that’s where quality medical compression garments like medi’s come in. Graduated medical compression garments are the gold standard for maintaining healthy veins and for the treatment of vein disease. A “graduated compression garment” exerts graduated pressure on the legs, with the greatest pressure at the ankle and decreasing pressure up the calf and thigh. Graduated compression mimics the natural pumping action of your veins and supports weakened veins walls by pushing the blood from the ankles up the calf and thigh. If the level of compression exerted was the same throughout the whole garment, then it would not successfully push the blood from the ankle up the leg back to the heart; the blood could remain trapped in one area, and the garment could cause a tourniquet effect, pushing blood back down the leg to the ankle. This would expedite and worsen the development of vein disease instantly.

Fit matters. Would you ever take a medication without knowing what it was or what dose you were taking? Of course not! Similar to medications, medical compression garments are medical devices, and it is important that you are fitted with the correct size and type of garment by a trained professional. High quality stockings come in many sizes and are designed for specific ankle, calf, and thigh sizes to provide medically accurate compression. If you’re wearing a compression garment that is too big, it will not provide the compression necessary to support your veins and provide effective treatment; if you’re wearing a garment that is too small, it will constrict your legs and could cause pain. Based on your exact leg measurements, a trained fitter will select the correct size for you. All eight Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment locations are conveniently located throughout the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area and have trained fitters who can help you find the correct size and style of premium mediven compression garments for your specific vein health needs.

mediven_vitality_tan_medigrip_topbandThere are many types of compression garments available – but how do you choose the best one, that will provide high quality, accurate medical compression and fit seamlessly into your Minnesota lifestyle and wardrobe? At Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment, trained fitters can show you different types of compression garments, from stylish mediven sheer & soft stockings, to trendy mediven for men socks in classic and modern patterns, to the new mediven for women vitality socks, perfect for work or casual outfits. Long gone are the days of grandma’s uncomfortable, sagging compression stockings!

Vein health matters. Compression quality matters. Product selection matters. Fitter services matter. That’s why medi partners with businesses like Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment, who care about creating the best compression therapy plan for their customers to support healthy legs, healthy veins, and healthy living!

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by Francis Sheehy in Compression Therapy | No Comments

How To Clean Your CPAP Mask and Equipment

Hi, I’m Francis Sheehy with Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment. Today I’m going to show you how to clean your CPAP machine with daily, weekly and monthly instructions.

We’re going to start out by disconnecting the mask from the tubing and disconnect the tubing from the machine. Today I’m demonstrating with a Respironics 560. Once you disconnect the mask, you can take the water chamber out and if there is any excess water in it you are going to pour it out and let it air dry until the next use. For use with your CPAP mask, there are wipes that are non-alcoholic and designed specifically for the CPAP mask. Do not use any bleach or Clorox wipes on your mask, it will ruin the seal. So if you have these CPAP Mask Wipes, take one out and wipe around the edges of your mask, inside, and underneath the seal. I am demonstrating on an Amara View Respironics CPAP mask.

Daily:  Wipe mask with a warm damp cloth (or use a CPAP mask wipe); empty and set out water chamber to dry; drain excess water from tubing and hang to dry until next use.

Weekly:  Soak mask, headgear, tubing and water chamber in warm soapy water then allow to air dry until next use.

Monthly:  Rinse out the reusable black filter in a Respironics CPAP machine with warm soapy water and allow it to air dry before replacing back in the machine; replace disposable white filter (more frequently if discolored); wipe down CPAP machine with a damp cloth.

If you have any questions on your CPAP equipment or the steps demonstrated in this video to clean your CPAP equipment on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, our knowledgeable staff can assist you. Liberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment has friendly, experienced staff available to help at each of our eight Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota metro area locations, including questions on insurance coverage of these supplies or finding the perfect accessory for your CPAP mask. Contact a Liberty Oxygen store near you today and improve your CPAP therapy!

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by Francis Sheehy in CPAP | 1 Comment