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Could You Give High Flow O2 To A Copd Patient
Depends...: Oxygen is only prescribed when the oxygen level in the body is low and only in the lowest amount needed to maintain the oxygen level at an acceptable level. Oxygen must be carefully prescribed by a doctor with monitoring of the patient's oxygen levels because giving too much oxygen is harmful as is not giving enough! See your doctor if you think your oxygen level is low! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For what reason should patients with COPD be given low flow concentration (1-2l/min) supplemental oxygen?
Delivery: Perspective is that 21% is the concentration from the air we breath. 2-3% increase in concentration is from each liter of oxygen added. So 1 liter is about 24% and this can go through a nasal canula tube. Over 4-5 liters, you cannot get this from a canula and need continuous flow to maintain the concentration. This would be considered "high" in my book. Not sure if this answers your question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Oxygen therapy...: Oxygen is a drug and there is a danger if too much oxygen is used. Too much supplemental oxygen can result in more lung damage. Some people with COPD will have an increase in their carbon dioxide level if given increased oxygen. So, oxygen therapy must be carefully titrated so the right amount of oxygen is supplemented. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
Not true: The comment is a fallacy. A patient who has COPD and needs oxygen should get as much liter flow to keep a sat>88. Patients with high co2 buildup should use oxygen to a saturation of>86-87. That is because that pts co2 will rise if increased oxygen is given, making the pt less alert. ...Read more
Treatment...: Treatment of COPD usually consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as supplemental oxygen, if the oxygen level in the blood is low. Smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment. Other treatments depend on the specific symptoms present. There is no cure! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I improve my breathing so I can get off supplemental oxygen? I do not have COPD or other. I live in high altitude state.
Oxygen: There typically is an underlying reason that you need oxygen-acute pneumonia/ recent surgery with underlying lung issue that was not previously causing problem/ pe, etc. Whatever the underlying reason is has to be remedied and then you should be reassessed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should COPD patients eat low/ high protein, carbs, fat diets? And why for each? Also, what nutrients are beneficial to them? Thanks dr.!
I am 71, have copd, on oxygen, taking lisinopril and coreg (carvedilol). Pulse was erratic for 1 hour. High 139 low 59. Bp was fine. Why?
Atrial fib?: It sounds like you may have had an episode of atrial fibrillation, which is a rapid and irregular heart rhythm. Of it persists, it may increase your risk of a stroke. Talk to your doctor about the need for testing or medication adjustment to help keep your heart regular. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What should the O2 saturation be for a CO2 level of 33? My mom has COPD, CHF, Asthma, Afib. She has an O2machine at home. Is 5% too high?
Does not compute.: Your mother's situation is complex & I can't make sense of your question since the O2 saturation measures oxyhemoglobin & CO2 measures carbon dioxide pressure. (They can be unrelated). 5% O2 saturation is TOO LOW - not compatible with life - for arterial blood. Do you mean 5 LPM on the O2 tank? Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD to get correct answers, because there's no way to answer using 400 character ...Read more
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