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What is a normal oxygen saturation levels in incubated patients with pectus excavatum?

What is a normal oxygen saturation levels in incubated patients with pectus excavatum?

Normal: I believe you are talking about newborns with a pectus who is on the ventilator. If this is the case, the saturation should be normal 99%, unless there is something else affecting the oxygenation level.

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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I'm an oxygen dependent patient. I have o2 stats of 83 but all my tests are always normal. What can cause this?

I'm an oxygen dependent patient. I have o2 stats of 83 but all my tests are always normal. What can cause this?

Good morning. . .: I would presume that since you are on Oxygen, at such a young age, you must be seeing a specialist already. This sounds to me, to be a more complicated issue than what we can answer through this type of venue. Also, if you are checking your O2 sats at home, please be certain that it is working properly--maybe use it on family or friends who are not oxygen dependent.

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What are the minimum oxygen requirements for COPD patients?

What are the minimum oxygen requirements for COPD patients?

No minimum: There is no minimum. Ambient air is 21%, if it is not enough, you go up from there. Oxygen delivered by a nasal cannula starts with 0.5 lpm and goes up from there by half liter increments. Common starting rates are 1 - 1.5 lpm.

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Can they ever give the patient more oxygen than the lungs can hold?

Can they ever give the patient more oxygen than the lungs can hold?

Sort of: There are some patients with severe emphysema that have a drive to breathe based on oxygen rather than carbon dioxide. In these patients, giving too much oxygen can cause the person to stop breathing. But, the lung will hold as much oxygen as it can physically hold. You can't really give it "too much.".

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I was wondering if a patient can be administered oxygen during surgery or wear oxygen?

I was wondering if a patient can be administered oxygen during surgery or wear oxygen?

Definitely yes: This is not a problem and almost always the case. Talk to your anesthesia provider before the surgery during preop visit and it will all be explained! Be well.

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For how long should a patient stay on oxygen after being on nitrous oxide?

For how long should a patient stay on oxygen after being on nitrous oxide?

Several minutes: In my office, when nitrous is administered I always have the patient breath pure oxygen for some time after once the nitrous is turned off. We wan to clear out all the nitrous from the lungs so that patient can leave refreshed and clear headed.

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Why is it so dangerous to give large amounts of oxygen to a patient with emphysema?

Why is it so dangerous to give large amounts of oxygen to a patient with emphysema?

Not usually: In the late stages of emphysema or copd, patients do not respond normally to stimuli that make normal patients breathe. They only keep breathing in response to low oxygen in their bloodstreams. If they are given too much oxygen, their systems think that they don't need to breathe and they can actually breathe less or stop breathing. This is a rare problem. Oxygen helps most emphysema patients.

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Will increasing a COPD patient's oxygen when taken to 5, 000 ft altitude injure her?

Will increasing a COPD patient's oxygen when taken to 5, 000 ft altitude injure her?

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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70 % lung function - will this patient require oxygen?

70 % lung function - will this patient require oxygen?

Not really: Pt should have abg done and if oxygen level is less than 55, pt will need oxygen, (or o2 sat <88%).

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

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

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

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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Considering the heart need for oxygen, can exercise be helpful to both stable and unstable angina patient?

Considering the heart need for oxygen, can exercise be helpful to both stable and unstable angina patient?

Exercise is medicine: The heart extracts the same amount of oxygen at rest or exercise. What the heart needs is more flow which is why blocked up arteries cause chest pain/heart attacks. One way to increase flow is to exercise to build up the bodies ability to recruit blood flow when needed. You should not exercise while you have unstable angina until it is controlled though. In stable angina exercise it great.

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Can oxygen therapy be used to prevent cough in bronchiectasis patients?

Can oxygen therapy be used to prevent cough in bronchiectasis patients?

No: Oxygen therapy is only used in patients with advanced bronchiectasis who have difficulty maintaining normal oxygen saturations. To prevent cough in patients with bronchiectasis, it is important to remove the excess mucus from the airways by use of mucolytic therapies (inhaled hypertonic saline) & physical techniques to mobilize the mucus (chest vest, acapella, flutter etc.). Talk to a lung doc.

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For what reason should patients with COPD be given low flow concentration (1-2l/min) supplemental oxygen?

For what reason should patients with COPD be given low flow concentration (1-2l/min) supplemental oxygen?

Low oxygen...: People with COPD can develop low oxygen levels due to their lung disease. Oxygen therapy is then administered in the lowest amount needed to treat their hypoxia. Too much oxygen can actually cause lung toxicity which worsens lung function.

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Is it normal for oxygen saturation to sharply drop when deep breathing/hyperventilation stops? Patient's SPO2 can drop into 80% region

Is it normal for oxygen saturation to sharply drop when deep breathing/hyperventilation stops? Patient's SPO2 can drop into 80% region

YES: Hyperventilation raises PO-2 in normla lungs and afterwards the patient will UNDERBREATHE since the stimulation for breathing (Co2) has DROPPED due to the reapid breathing! To drop to 80% is completely normal (In my opinion) Hope this helps! Dr Z

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Can COPD patient on oxygen get carbon monoxide poison?

Can COPD patient on oxygen get carbon monoxide poison?

Not usually: Carbon monoxide is found in cigarette smoke, out of car exhausts, and other places. Simply being on oxygen doesn't mean that you can get carbon monoxide poisoning, unless you get exposed to it.

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