Oxygen and airflow

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Oxygen and airflow

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This chapter examines the use of oxygen in the management of breathlessness or dyspnoea. It provides suggested guidelines for the use of oxygen in the palliation of breathlessness based on the recommendations of the available literature. The chapter suggests that oxygen therapy should only be used as one part of supportive care and that automatic prescription of oxygen to a breathless patient should be avoided in palliative care. The most useful device for delivering oxygen to palliative care patients is nasal cannulae because it does not interfere with speech and the fraction of inspired oxygen.

Keywords: oxygen therapy; breathlessness; dyspnoea; palliative care; supportive care; nasal cannulae; inspired oxygen

Chapter.  10031 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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