Oxygen alert wristbands (OxyBand) and controlled oxygen: a pilot study

Emma Rickards , Denis Wat, Sarah Sibley , Carol Ann Kelly

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Abstract

Despite the introduction of Oxygen Alert Cards, guidelines and audits, oxygen therapy remains overused in NHS practice, and this may lead to iatrogenic mortality. This pilot study aimed to examine the use of Oxygen Alert Wristbands (OxyBand) designed to alert health professionals who are delivering oxygen to patients to ensure that the oxygen is administered and titrated safely to the appropriate target saturations. Patients at risk of hypercapnic acidosis were asked to wear OxyBands while presenting to paramedics and health professionals in hospitals. Inappropriate prescription of oxygen reduced significantly after the OxyBands were used. A questionnaire-based assessment showed that the clinicians involved had a good understanding of the risks of uncontrolled oxygen. Forty-two patients found the wrist band comfortable to wear, and only two did not. OxyBands may have the potential to improve patient safety over Oxygen Alert Cards.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-314
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Volume24
Issue number7
Early online date2 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Oxygen
  • Nursing
  • Prescribing
  • Hypercapnia
  • Hyperoxaemia
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder
  • OxyBand

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