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Will increasing a COPD patient's oxygen when taken to 5, 000 ft altitude injure her?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Usually not

Check with the doctor to make sure the patient does not have a tendency to retain carbon dioxide.
Also, it is best to have an oximeter, a device that measures oxygen levels, with you. It will allow you to use just enough, not more not less.

In brief: Usually not

Check with the doctor to make sure the patient does not have a tendency to retain carbon dioxide.
Also, it is best to have an oximeter, a device that measures oxygen levels, with you. It will allow you to use just enough, not more not less.
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Yes and no

At 5, 000 ft altitude, everyone needs more oxygen than at sea level.
So a COPD pt will need a corresponding increase in her oxygen. That should not be injurious as long as it is coordinated with a physician. Where is she going? Outside of the us, this will very unlikely be feasible.

In brief: Yes and no

At 5, 000 ft altitude, everyone needs more oxygen than at sea level.
So a COPD pt will need a corresponding increase in her oxygen. That should not be injurious as long as it is coordinated with a physician. Where is she going? Outside of the us, this will very unlikely be feasible.
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