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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Oxygen Supplementation (Overview)

Oxygen can be given by a mask worn over the face or a tube below the nose. This helps deliver more oxygen to people in circumstances when their natural oxygen levels are low.


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If I go to the rockies, should I take oxygen supplementation?

If I go to the rockies, should I take oxygen supplementation?

If needed: If you suffer from a lung disorder that requires oxygen then you should probably have a portable tank for traveling, especially to areas of higher elevation. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
60 doctors shared insights

Oxygen Supplementation (Overview)

Oxygen can be given by a mask worn over the face or a tube below the nose. This helps deliver more oxygen to people in circumstances when their natural oxygen levels are low.


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Can I use oxygen supplementation on an airplane?

NO O2 tank OK conc.: The faa does not allow travelers to carry their own oxygen tanks or liquid oxygen aboard commercial aircraft. Instead, most patients can use a department of transportation approved battery-powered portable oxygen concentrator. Airlines landing in the United States are now required to allow use of these devices throughout the flight. ...Read more

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How is it that oxygen supplementation is contraindicated for pts with obstructive lung diseas?

Hypoxic drive: In most patients with advanced chronic obstructive lung disease, chronic hypoxia (low oxygen levels) stimulates their drive to breathe at a faster rate to provide enough oxygen(o2) to the body. Giving supplemental o2 takes away this hypoxic drive that maintains their minute ventilation, thereby risking them going into respiratory failure, especially if their disease is advanced & they have bad pft. ...Read more

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Why oxygen supplementation contraindicated with obstructive lung disease?

Why oxygen supplementation contraindicated with obstructive lung disease?

Not usually: COPD is a problem with the ability of the lungs to expel air, which causes poor oxygenation. People with COPD are often treated with oxygen; however, if supplemental oxygen levels are too high it can cut off a person's ability to trigger their own breathing mechanism. If the disease is severe you actually may not be able to survive without the use of oxygen. ...Read more

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Why is oxygen supplementation not suppose to be dialed up higher, with an obstructive lung disease patient?

Why is oxygen supplementation not suppose 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

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I use oxygen mostly at night. Is there any vitamin supplement that can improve my saturation numbers?

I use oxygen mostly at night.  Is there any vitamin supplement that can improve my saturation numbers?

Don't believe so: I am not aware of any vitamins that will help improve your saturation levels. ...Read more

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Muliple organ failure do u need supplemental oxygen?

Muliple organ failure do u need supplemental oxygen?

Yes: Multi-organ failure generally indicates a critical illness that affects multiple organ systems & delivery of oxygen can be compromised as lungs are generally also involved. Most patients are in the icu, on ventilatory support & continuous infusions with medications to maintain their circulation & heart function. Oxygen is the basic fuel for all cellular metabolic processes. ...Read more

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Can there be a way to tell if i need supplemental oxygen at home?

Can there be a way to tell if i need supplemental oxygen at home?

Talk to your doc: Need for supplemental oxygen at home is used in advanced stages of various chronic lung disorders such as copd, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis etc. It would be useful to get a detailed assessment done by a pulmonologist to decide if chronic o2 therapy would be beneficial. Level of support depends on underlying severity & type of disease. Talk to your pulmonologist for further assessment. ...Read more

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What are the oxygen level guidelines, before someone needs supplemental oxygen?

What are the oxygen level guidelines, before someone needs supplemental oxygen?

Depends...: Actual medical history and details of the reason for monitoring the oxygen level are required before this question can be answered. The level isn't the same for someone with no medical issues vs someone with cyanotic heart disease (for example). If there is a specific person you are asking about - discuss your concern with their physician. ...Read more

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What is oxygen level guideline, before needing supplemental oxygen if you are out of shpe?

BASED ON PO2/O2 SATU: Grp1 po2at or below 55mmhg(awake&at rest) if higher but fall to these levels during sleep or>10mmhg, or5%o2 sat+ corpulmnale, covered for exercise only if the levels drop to groupa level during exercise. Grp2 po2 56-59 mm hg or o2sat89%, and documentation of edema/chf, or cor pulmonale by pul artery pressure, or erythrocytemia withhct>56%. ...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