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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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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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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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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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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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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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Am I right in thinking that if a patient is being administered O2 via metal prongs but is switched to a Hudson mask then the latter provides more 02?

Am I right in thinking that if a patient is being administered O2 via metal prongs but is switched to a Hudson mask then the latter provides more 02?

Hudson mask wins: Not sure what exactly you mean by metal prongs but a Hudson mask with a resvior will deliver the most O2 without using non-invasive ventilation or intubation ...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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What does it mean if your oxygen is at 91?

A little low: Assuming you mean a "pulse ox" result, than 91% means that your are getting 91% oxygen saturation at the tips of your fingers. Normal is 97-100%. As a gauge, medicare guidelines will pay for oxygen if under 88%. If you have asthma or copd, this may be baseline for you? Check with your dr and follow up if your pule ox remains in the low 90's as you want to assure this is followed up on. ...Read more

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Is thisnormal oxygen level 96 to 97 for my age?

Yes: A typical oxygen saturation level for most people your age would be 95% or higher; however, if you are having shortness of breath or any other concerning symptoms, you should see a physician, as this number doesn't tell us everything that is going on. ...Read more

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What is cause of someone not having enough oxygen?

Destruction: Of lung tissue like COPD or a process that temporarily renders it dysfunctional, like pneumonia, pulmonary edema, heart failure. ...Read more

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Oxygen level showing at 81%, but I have no problem?

Oxygen level showing at 81%, but I have no problem?

Your finger is: probably cold or not getting enough blood flow, which then affects your PO2 measurement. If you are tracking your pulse oximetry, you should also see a sine wave indicative of your pulse pressure along with the O2 readout. If you do not, or do not have a machine capable of such reading, I would not trust your result. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more