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Assessing the use of initial oxygen therapy in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients: a retrospective audit of pre‐hospital and hospital emergency management

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Carbon dioxide retention in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations can be a complication of oxygen therapy. Current recommendations suggest an inspired oxygen level (FiO2) < 0.28, aiming for saturation (SpO2) of 88–92% until arterial blood gas analysis is available.
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Keywords: ambulance; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; emergency; hospital; oxygen

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2015

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