Oxygen and airflow

Christine McDonald and James Ward

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Second edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199591763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739149 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Oxygen and airflow

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This chapter discusses the uses of oxygen therapy in the supportive care setting. This includes management of patients with conditions such as terminal cancer as well as those with long-term life-limiting respiratory conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It addresses briefly the proven benefits of long-term oxygen therapy in hypoxaemic patients and then discusses the more vexed question of the role of oxygen therapy in relieving dyspnoea in a more general sense. Oxygen therapy, if appropriate, should always be given as part of comprehensive supportive care, with maximal pharmacotherapy directed at the underlying disease, pulmonary rehabilitation, occupational therapy, psychosocial supports, nutritional support, as well as consideration of specific palliative pharmacotherapy such as the use of opiates.

Keywords: oxygen therapy; supportive care; patient management; patient care; hypoxaemic patients; dyspnoea

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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