A 38-year-old member asked:
Will increasing a copd patient's oxygen when taken to 5, 000 ft altitude injure her?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
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 measures oxygen levels, with you. It will allow you to use just enough, not more not less.
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Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
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 injurious as long as it is coordinated with a physician. Where is she going? Outside of the us, this will very unlikely be feasible.
5.6k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Jun 15, 2020
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