Oxygen is prescribed for hypoxaemic patients to increase alveolar oxygen tension and decrease the effort of breathing. Although principally life saving, in certain circumstances it can be lethal if prescribed and/or administered incorrectly. To ensure safe, effective delivery of oxygen, health professionals dealing with the administration, titration and monitoring of oxygen therapy should understand the principles that underpin its use. Carol Kelly and Anne Riches discuss administering oxygen therapy in the acute situation.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Nov 2007|