Oxygen…THE DRUG!

DID YOU KNOW: Hospital Oxygen is NOT FREE Pulse oximeters are key to oxygen therapy. They consist of two light-emitting diodes, one in the red range and one in the infrared range, and a detector.  Oxygenated and deoxygenated haemoglobin absorb light at different wavelengths differently. Deoxygenated or ‘‘blue’’ blood absorbs light maximally in the red band, […]

Oxygen therapy for acutely ill medical patients: a clinical practice guideline

What you need to know It is a longstanding cultural norm to provide supplemental oxygen to sick patients regardless of their blood oxygen saturation A recent systematic review and meta-analysis has shown that too much supplemental oxygen increases mortality for medical patients in the hospital For patients receiving oxygen therapy, aim for peripheral capillary oxygen […]

Oxygen Bubble Bottles or Bacteria Swimming Pools?

Humidified oxygen is widely administered in hospitals and EMS vehicles and this is presumed to alleviate nasal and oral discomfort in the non-intubated patient. Humidification of supplemental oxygen is commonly delivered by bubbling oxygen through either cold or warm sterile water before it reaches the patient. However, the effect on patient comfort is negligible. Bubble humidifiers may, however, represent an infection hazard […]

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