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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

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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.

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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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