Do you thinking putting oxygen on a patient is considered comfort or life saving? I had a "category 3" patient yesterday. Category 3 patients are not to recieve CPR or be put on the ventilator.... That morning he started gasping for air and appeared to be in agony. (I am still on orientation) So we checked his pulse Ox (which was 36).... Then applied 100% O2 with a NRB... She called the son and the MD... His O2 Sat climbed back up to 100% within a few minutes...
There were many disagreements on the floor as to whether oxygen is a comfort measure or a life saving measure... Now if they take the O2 off... the patient will surely pass....
The patient was still alive when I left yesterday... on the oxygen
Oxygen can fall under either catagory. As a comfort measure it can relieve the feeling of suffocation. If the patient's organs are failing all the oxygen in the world won't save them, but it can bring a measure of comfort, the same as administering Roxanol or oral atropine drops.
Oxygen is a basic necessity of life. To intentionally deprive someone of it is akin to depriving them of hydration in all forms - the end result will eventually be death.
CPR and ventilators are often classified as "heroic" measures. They are aggressive, deliberate interventions that are anything but casual. There is nothing heroic about administering oxygen, only the manner in which you go about it, as with intubation, vents, etc.
Last edit by Ayrman on Feb 9, '07