A 41-year-old member asked:
Can you please tell me why it'snecessary to limit o2 flow rate with people with copd?
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Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
Depends: In some patients with severe copd, the drive to breathe depends on the oxygen level and not the carbon dioxide level. Normally, the level of carbon dioxide in the blood is a very potent stimulus for breathing.
But in people with severe copd, this stimulus is blunted because the carbon dioxide level is high for a long time. Thus, the body depends on oxygen levels. This is not very common, though.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
How come it's necessary to limit o2 flow rate with people with copd?
3 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
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Last updated Apr 27, 2013
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