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"He was found wearing a nasal cannula, used to deliver oxygen to the nose, and was hooked up to a PPAP machine for that purpose. Mardis' family told Fox 40 he couldn’t reach his battery-powered tank in time."


So if the power went out for another reason who's fault would it be? If his mobility was so bad that he couldn't switch his oxygen source in 12 minutes inside his home then maybe he should have been under constant care?????
 

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So if the power went out for another reason who's fault would it be? If his mobility was so bad that he couldn't switch his oxygen source in 12 minutes inside his home then maybe he should have been under constant care?????
He may not have had a secondary oxygen source`such as a portable concentrator with charger that can be plugged into a 12 volt source on an auto, or oxygen tanks. His insurance may have only allowed him one source with no emergency backup.
 

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I've known quite a few people that were on oxygen over the years and everyone of them had some sort of secondary source. If you need it i think they have to give you a backup. This is for two reason, obvious power outages and so you can leave your house. I was on oxygen a couple of months ago due to a lung blood clot and they gave me the home concentrator machine, a 6 pack of of small bottles and one larger wheeled bottle. They told me to call when i get halfway through the bottles or if i needed to take a long trip to get a 12v machine.
 

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I've known quite a few people that were on oxygen over the years and everyone of them had some sort of secondary source. If you need it i think they have to give you a backup. This is for two reason, obvious power outages and so you can leave your house.
People don't always have backup, sometimes it is due to incompetence on the part of the DME provider, sometimes its the insurance company trying to weasel out of paying for the equipment. I'm very familiar with this issue having COPD and being on oxygen myself. My first two years on oxygen I had only a home concentrator with no backup tank or portable concentrator. The Tech. delivering my concentrator did not have any tanks in the van when my equipment was delivered and during those two years the equipment was never serviced so the provider never returned til I switched DME providers. I didn't get a backup tank and portable concentrator until after switching DME providers. The last time I switched DME providers I had to fight with the DME provider for six months before getting my portable concentrator.
 

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The gentleman was elderly, sick and bedridden. On his last legs, as it were. Dying. His family was on TV and said, "He didn't have much time left..."

Any person's death diminishes us all but this particular death, in relation to PG&E rolling power blackouts, should not be an issue.
 

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Early reporting wasn't clear and there are slightly different versions but it appears he was using an oxygen concentrator and was sleeping in the early morning hours when the power was cut. He probably woke up when he realized he wasn't getting his oxygen. If you ever woke for some reason and decided you needed something and looked for it then you know how he felt. Maybe a warning from the power company would have helped.
 
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