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Help docs, is hyperbaric oxygen therapy the same as breathing oxygen through an oxygen tank?

Help docs, is hyperbaric oxygen therapy the same as breathing oxygen through an oxygen tank?

Hyperbaric vs oxygen: No, it is not. Oxygen with a mask or nasal cannula supplied by a tank is not delivered under pressure. Hyperbaric chambers deliver oxygen under pressure so that the level of oxygen in the body tissues exceeds those values that oxygen is delivered via sea level. ...Read more

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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more


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Who cannot use a hyperbaric oxygen chamber?

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Who cannot use a hyperbaric oxygen chamber?

The following:: Must not - people with a collapsed lung or are using medications that impair wound healing (cisplatin, sulfamylon), affect the lungs (bleomycin) or other (doxorubicin, disulfiram). Might not - those with asthma, claustrophobia, copd, pregnancy, an epidural pain pump, a pacemaker, seizure disorder, upper respiratory infection, high fever, eustachian tube dysfunction, or congenital spherocytosis. ...Read more

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Can shallow breathing (anxiety?) reduce oxygen saturation?

Can shallow breathing (anxiety?) reduce oxygen saturation?

Shallow breathing: Will lower oxygen level. We often rib cage breathe when anxious. Please learn some belly breathing and you will increase your oxygen level. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Checking oxygen saturation for person with carbon monoxide inhalation, any suggestions?

Checking oxygen saturation for person with carbon monoxide inhalation, any suggestions?

Use ABG: The problem with co monoxide poisoning is that the co binds tightly to the hemoglobin and if you use saturation, yes that ligand is occupied and will be saturated so saturation is up in the spectrophotometry method. The actual method which is the blood gas will show how much o2 is bound to the hemoglobin. ...Read more

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Will an oxygen tank help with pulmonary embolism?

Depends...: In severe pulmonary embolism, the oxygen level in the body may decrease to levels that require supplemental oxygen. Most of these patients would be hospitalized for their treatment and once the clot resolves, oxygen level should return to baseline levels. ...Read more

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Should an n95 mask block nebulized medication particles? [specifically tobramycin neb via lc star- yes, pulmonology question]

Should an n95 mask block nebulized medication particles? [specifically tobramycin neb via lc star- yes, pulmonology question]

N95 mask: I don't know the answer. But an important advise, make sure the n95 mask is fit for you size. There a method to get measured, otherwise you may not be protected. ...Read more

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Bronchictasis pt.On sup oxy at 28% venturi mask 4LPM.ABG on sup oxygen-pH 7.49 pCO2 46.7 pO2 93.1 HCO3 36.1.Still hav suffocation,hav to inhale deeply?

Bronchictasis pt.On sup oxy at 28% venturi mask 4LPM.ABG on sup oxygen-pH 7.49 pCO2 46.7 pO2 93.1 HCO3 36.1.Still hav suffocation,hav to inhale deeply?

Combined problem: Need more info to better answer. From info available it sounds like either combination of bronchial tubes spasm, some anxiety, and some retained secretions. Helpful items could be handheld nebulizer treatments with bronchial tube relaxing medication, chest PT to help mobilize secretions, and a small amount of medication to help reduce anxiety. A virtual consult would allow a more thorough answer. ...Read more

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Albuterol nebulizer or inhaler. Which is better?

Albuterol nebulizer or inhaler. Which is better?

Either one: When the inhaler is used properly with good technique, it can provide as much bronchodilation as a nebulizer dose. For those patients with poor coordination, the elderly or very young, the nebulizer may be easier to use. ...Read more

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Mother aged 80 patient copd. Ventilator once. Inhaler asthalin, neubulising asthaline and budecort. Deriphyllyne, prbpm90-100, spo2p. Advice?

Mother aged 80 patient copd. Ventilator once. Inhaler asthalin, neubulising asthaline and budecort. Deriphyllyne, prbpm90-100, spo2p. Advice?

Difficult situation: COPD at advanced age is difficult. You are probably looking at longterm oxygen which has been showing to decrease mortality in the disease. Make sure your mother's medications are maximized. Also consider physical therapy or pulmonary rehab to help her physically deal with her illness. ...Read more

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Inhaler vapor sometimes reaches my daughter's eyes when using mask. She's an infant. Also, is the pacifier adapter good for Pulmicort nebulizer?

Inhaler vapor sometimes reaches my daughter's eyes when using mask. She's an infant. Also, is the pacifier adapter good for Pulmicort nebulizer?

Check the fit: Some leaking of mist around the nebilizer mask is normal, and for the most part produces no health risk. Most children will close their eyes as a normal response if the mist is irritating. Consider using a different sized mask to reduce leakage. The pacifier adapter is useful for those who do not tolerate a mask, but does not deliver the medication as effectively. ...Read more

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Which is better for COPD patients, albuterol inhaler or Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) inhaler?

Which is better for COPD patients, albuterol inhaler or Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) inhaler?

Unknown: Longer term studies show that both drugs are quick acting and relieve acute dyspnea/shortness of breath. It appears unlikely that either drug affects the natural history of asthma/copd. Longer acting drugs called maintenance inhalers are associated with significant decreases in exacerbation (flares) of these diseases and may affect lung function longer term. ...Read more

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Hbot: caretaker in chamber w/ pt breathes room air at 2.4 ata + pt exhaled pco2. No o2 mask provided for caretaker. What are risks to latter?

Ear pain or popping: The care taker will experience similar feeling to being in an airplane. Since the caretaker is not using a mask he is not breathing 100% oxygen. Hence no risk of oxygen toxicity. ...Read more

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Does oxygen saturation drop with exercise?

No: In general, it does not. If it happens in your case, please seek help. ...Read more

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Difficult to breathe through an oxygen mask?

Difficult to breathe through an oxygen mask?

Oxygen mask: It is not difficult to breath with an oxygen mask if everything is working right ...Read more

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What happens when you put a high volume oxygen mask on a person whose tank is set at 3 in an 18 hr period?

They could die: It is not a good idea to change the oxygen setting. Sometimes increasing the oxygen flow can shut down the respiratory drive and the person can stop breathing. ...Read more

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Why doctors put oxygen mask on patient's nose when he already breathes from atmosphere?

Why doctors put oxygen mask on patient's nose when he already breathes from atmosphere?

Increase Oxygen: The purpose is to increase the oxygen content in your blood. If your lungs don't adequately absorb it at normal levels in the atmosphere supplemental oxygen can be beneficial. ...Read more

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Tell me the difference between the plastic thing they put in your nose, an oxygen mask, and a breathing tube?

Tell me the difference between the plastic thing they put in your nose, an oxygen mask, and a breathing tube?

Levels of help: Each can be used to give a person oxygen. The prongs in the nose are nasal cannula, the mask delivers a higher concentration or oxygen and the breathing tube does the highest. That last intervention, called intubation, is also a way to completely breathe for a person. The intensity of the patient's need determines which is appropriate for a given case. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an oxygen mask to make my throat dry and sore?

Is it possible for an oxygen mask to make my throat dry and sore?

Yes: Oxygen delivery by a mask can cause the tissues of the mouth and nose to become dry and irritated. ...Read more

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COPD breathlessness gets real bad. I do symbicourt, incruse and a nebulizer with no relief. Blood oxygen is in a he 90's. What more can I do or take. ?

COPD breathlessness gets real bad. I do symbicourt, incruse and a nebulizer with no relief. Blood oxygen is in a he 90's. What more can I do or take. ?

See below: I would recommend having a follow up with your pulmonologist. You are on good medications. However, if you are having a flare up, you may need more acute treatment. If you are not, then you may need other testing done, such as an ECHO or maybe try pulmonary rehab. I would be happy to discuss further if you need more information. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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My daughter has bronchiolitis and her oxygen saturation today fell to 92. After receiving several meds via nebulizer and her vein. Cause?

Mismatch: between areas in the lungs where the oxygen can get through constricted airways and those parts of the lung tissue where the most of the blood is circulating creates the drop in percentage of oxygenated hemoglobin (saturation). 92% is worrying, but if it does not drop any further, is not life-threatening in a 15 months old, as long as there is prompt access to care and adequate monitoring ...Read more

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I have COPD and am on an oxygen making machine set at 3 at night while i'm asleep, and have a neubilizer during the day..

I have COPD and am on an oxygen making machine set at 3 at night while i'm asleep, and have a neubilizer during the day..

COPD...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is typically due to smoking. If your oxygen level is low, supplemental oxygen is prescribed. A sleep test, if you haven't had one, would also rule out sleep apnea as a reason for low oxygen level at night. You may also need a 6 minute walk test to be sure you don't need oxygen with activity. A nebulizer is a way to take inhaled meds. Did i answer your ? ...Read more

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left lung is in spasm, she is being treated with 3 liters of O2 via nasal cannula, steroids, antibiotic and nebulizer trmts every 4 hours. Her O2 stats continue to drop, the are now in the mid 80s. Is there anything else to be done?

 left lung is in spasm, she is being treated with 3 liters of O2 via nasal cannula, steroids, antibiotic and nebulizer trmts every 4 hours.  Her O2 stats continue to drop, the are now in the mid 80s.  Is there anything else to be done?

Ask the team: responsible for treating the case at hand, our input here won't add anything, first because we can't see the whole picture, second, we cannot interfere unless consulted by the treating team. Trust them, or ask for a second opinion by a doctor who can physically examine the case, after requiring that from hospital officials, best wishes ...Read more

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Why did I have an oxygen mask on for a while after bladder surgery repair? did that mean something went wrong?

Why did I have an oxygen mask on for a while after bladder surgery repair? did that mean something went wrong?

No not at all: When you are under anesthesia you are sedated and usually paralyzed and all your breathing is done with machines that pump air into your lungs or by the anesthesiologist with a hand pump. As you emerge from the anesthesia you take weak breaths far apart so they supplement your oxygen until you are breathing fully and adequately on your own. They should tell you if there was a problem. you can ask ...Read more

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Why is a pacifier adapter for the nebulizer not as effective as using the mask? My 5mo doesn't tolerate the nebulizer unless she's sleeping.

Why is a pacifier adapter for the nebulizer not as effective as using the mask? My 5mo doesn't tolerate the nebulizer unless she's sleeping.

Pacifier : adapters do not trap the nebulizrd medication as well as a mask which encapsulates most of it. However, SOME of the mist is better than none, and occasionally it is the only option for home care. ...Read more

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What does "de-sat'd" mean? While heavily sedated with morphine following major surgery, a nurse entered my room and without waking me clamped an oxygen mask over my face. The experience was alarming! her explanation (above) did not satisfy.

The : The saturation of oxygen in your blood is often monitored by a pulse oximeter, a device attached to the surface of your body, usually on the finger tip, toes or earlobe. It measures the content of oxygenated hemoglobin in your red cells. While not as accurate as a blood test, it is readily available. Oxygen saturation is expressed as a percentage, a number ranging from 0 to 100, normally on room air, the oxygen saturation is greater than 98%. The saturation reflects the content in the blood reasonably well in the range of normal range of acid levels and oxygen in most individuals. However, the saturation is affected by the amount of inhaled oxygen, the respiratory drive to pull oxygen into your lungs, changes in acid levels in the blood (such as seen in severe infections or kidney failure), problems with the lungs itself (such as excess fluid or pneumonia). After surgery, the combined effects of anesthesia and narcotics tend to depress the respiratory system, such that oxygen is not being drawn into the lungs (usually because of oversedation). This leads to less oxygen in the lungs and a drop in the oxygen levels and thus a drop in the saturation - thus the term: "de-sat" or desaturation. This can be easily remedied by reducing narcotics, or reversing narotic effect (e.g. Narcan), arousing the individual, and/or adding supplemental oxygen. Thus the use of the oxygen mask, which increases the saturation, but does not address the reason for oversedation. ...Read more

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Wore blue surgical-grade mask from pharmacy to clean for an hour when pregnant. Hard time breathing with it on. Oxygen deprivation for baby?

See below: Probably not. Wearing a mask every day i can tell you that sometimes you do feel short of breath. However, pregnancy makes it more difficult to take a deep breath secondary to the displacement of the abdominal organs by a gravid uterus. This could also play a part in your feeling short of breath. Slow down on your cleaning or stressful activities, or get others to help out. ...Read more

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My hubby's oxygen level is 93-94 when sitting. He does not have lung disease. He builds stairs in houses. Lots of sawdust. No mask. Seems healthy.

My hubby's oxygen level is 93-94 when sitting. He does not have lung disease. He builds stairs in houses. Lots of sawdust.  No mask.  Seems healthy.

That is low!: He should get a pulmonary function test. I am happy for him that he is enjoying his work but lung function can drop off a very steep curve. He should see a pulmonologist. Do you ever watch "This Old House"? Tom Silva wears goggles and a mask when he buzz saws through lumber. Also, stop smoking if he does! ...Read more

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Is it normal right before you get knocked out by general anesthesia to feel like you cant get any oxygen and to have a heavy chest ? through the mask?

Is it normal right before you get knocked out by general anesthesia to feel like you cant get any oxygen and to have a heavy chest ? through the mask?

Most likely normal: Before giving general anesthesia is standard procedure to provide with the Mask 100% O2,for about 5 to 7 minutes,depending of your lungs health, to replace the air contained on your lungs, and increase the O2 reserve in case an emergency situation happens during intubation or airway manipulation. Chest tightness just before starting anesthesia is mot likely due to anxiety, narcotic or asthma ...Read more

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Inhaler vapor sometimes reaches my daughter's eyes when using mask. She's an infant. Also, is the pacifier adapter good for Pulmicort nebulizer?

Check the fit: Some leaking of mist around the nebilizer mask is normal, and for the most part produces no health risk. Most children will close their eyes as a normal response if the mist is irritating. Consider using a different sized mask to reduce leakage. The pacifier adapter is useful for those who do not tolerate a mask, but does not deliver the medication as effectively. ...Read more

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Bronchictasis pt.On sup oxy at 28% venturi mask 4LPM.ABG on sup oxygen-pH 7.49 pCO2 46.7 pO2 93.1 HCO3 36.1.Still hav suffocation,hav to inhale deeply?

Combined problem: Need more info to better answer. From info available it sounds like either combination of bronchial tubes spasm, some anxiety, and some retained secretions. Helpful items could be handheld nebulizer treatments with bronchial tube relaxing medication, chest PT to help mobilize secretions, and a small amount of medication to help reduce anxiety. A virtual consult would allow a more thorough answer. ...Read more

Nebulizer (Definition)

A nebulizer is a machine that turns a liquid into a mist. It is usually used for medications for asthma, cystic fibrosis, and copd, so that the medications can be ...Read more