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What are the minimum oxygen requirements for COPD patients?
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
In brief: Qualifications...
In order to qualify for supplemental oxygen, a COPD patient's oxygen level needs to be at or below 88% at rest, with activity or during sleep.
This is measured either with a pulse ox or abg analysis.

In brief: Qualifications...
In order to qualify for supplemental oxygen, a COPD patient's oxygen level needs to be at or below 88% at rest, with activity or during sleep.
This is measured either with a pulse ox or abg analysis.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Depends
All you need is for your oxygen level to be 90% or greater. So, whatever oxygen flow you need to achieve this is what should be prescribed.

In brief: Depends
All you need is for your oxygen level to be 90% or greater. So, whatever oxygen flow you need to achieve this is what should be prescribed.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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