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Why should patients with copd be given low flow concentration supplemental oxygen?

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Dr. Frank Mayo
Pulmonary Critical Care 48 years experience
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

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Why would patients with COPD be given low flow concentration (1-2l/min) supplemental oxygen?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
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, the body is not getting enough energy, the blood oxygen level is low. Raising the amount of inhaled oxygen offsets the problem, and prolongs life. Oxygen is used at the lowest amount that would achieve the goal.

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