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Oxygen Incubated Patients
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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.". ...Read more
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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. ...Read more
I am COPD patient last 3 years. Now my spo2 has dropped to < 70 w/o external oxygen. Please advice?
Drugs that inhibit cellular respiration? how do cells utilize oxygen and how do you counteract this side effect so patient doesn't die of hypoxia?
It is complex: Your questions are only relevant if you tell us why you are asking about such questions? Please tell us which drug/s you are taking or wanting to understand?. We can not deal with theoretical considerations such as you have posed. Life's physiology is quite complex. I had to study for 10+ years before I could understand questions like this! ...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 more
Yes: It should be more than enough since most adult patients get to that on 50/50 or less. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
For what reason should patients with COPD be given low flow concentration (1-2l/min) supplemental oxygen?
What safety precautions should a home health aide take when a patient is receiving oxygen through a nasal cannula?
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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
Why is oxygen supplementation not supposed to be dialed up higher, with an obstructive lung disease patient?
Can stop breathing: 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. ...Read more
How would oxygen therapy help a patient who is having an asthma attack? What effect will it have on the patient?
Prevention: The respiratory system has an important roll in both providing oxygen to tissues & helping acutely regulate the delicate acid base balance in the body. Bronchospasm reduces the easy transfer of oxygen in & co2 out of the body. Without adequate o2, the body reverts to a metabolism that creates more acid causing deterioration, supplemental o2 helps avoid the acid buildup & nourishes tissues. ...Read more
What changes can you expect in the levels of blood oxygen and carbon dioxide in a patient who breathes rapidly and deeply for a prolonged time?
Hyperventilation: Many athletes may "oxygen-load" their blood just prior to a race by doing this. Breathing rapidly will draw in more oxygen and "load up" the red blood cells' hemoglobin, and at the same time empty out more carbon dioxide than usually would be. You have to be careful doing this, because it will throw off your body's acid/base balance and make you dizzy or pass out! ...Read more
Does increasing oxygen work if patient is in respiratory distress and if they have low hemoglobin?
It does. : It will help if the patient o2 saturation is low. You would like to see it between %96-100 by adjusting o2 flow of 1-2 lit per min. But the main goal should be raising the hemoglobin to normal level. ...Read more
What is the percentage of oxygen is needed by a congenital heart disease patient? This patient is 3 month old.
Depends on situation: Part of the bodies mechanism for deciding when to breathe is controlled by co2 sensors in the main blood vessels. In some medical conditions (like copd), when excess oxygen is given to patients & drops the co2 level, their sensors stop the automatic breathing cycle until it builds back up. ...Read more
Please I need your help. My mom had a stroke in march. What can hyperbaric oxygen therapy do to treat patients with stroke?
HBOT isn't used to treat patients who have had a stoke.
I agree with the answers. ...Read more
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