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why is elevated oxygen dangerous for emphysema patients

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
27 years experience Pulmonology
Can Be: Some patients can get a rise in their carbon dioxide levels with high doses of oxygen - this doesn't happen in every patient but if it does it can be ... Read More
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Dr. Karen Sibert
39 years experience Anesthesiology
Not usually: In the late stages of emphysema or copd, patients do not respond normally to stimuli that make normal patients breathe. They only keep breathing in re ... Read More
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Oxygen...: Oxygen is a drug and like any drug, there are side effects if too much is taken. In a patient with copd, too much oxygen can cause an increase in the ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
25 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Usually not: Check with the doctor to make sure the patient does not have a tendency to retain carbon dioxide. Also, it is best to have an oximeter, a device that ... Read More
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
31 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes and no: At 5, 000 ft altitude, everyone needs more oxygen than at sea level. So a COPD pt will need a corresponding increase in her oxygen. That should not be ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rajesh Rethnam
23 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Need treatment: You need to get good treatment for COPD and quit smoking. If you still have low oxygen saturation then you need to wear oxygen around.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
25 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
No minimum: There is no minimum. Ambient air is 21%, if it is not enough, you go up from there. Oxygen delivered by a nasal cannula starts with 0.5 lpm and goes u ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Mayo
48 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Helps: if a patient has a saturation less than 88 they qualify for supplemental oxygen. oxygen is the only therapy proven to prolong life in advanced copd
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
25 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Low blood oxygen: At the advanced stages of copd, the lungs do not perform their function well, oxygen has a harder time crossing into the blood stream. At this point, ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Redling
34 years experience Geriatrics
YEs: But it is not related to the use of home o2. Co poisoning can occur with the use of a poorly ventilated room while using propane space heaters or from ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Low oxygen...: People with COPD can develop low oxygen levels due to their lung disease. Oxygen therapy is then administered in the lowest amount needed to treat the ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Supplemental oxygen: It is very common to prescribe supplemental oxygen to patients with copd. During infectious flare ups of copd, it is quite common that a patient requi ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Depends on patient: Oxygen in tanks is "100% oxygen", and should be considered a medication. The amount of "100% oxygen" used varies from patient to patient. The oxygen f ... Read More
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