A family member came out of the room and stated that pt was having trouble breathing. So we went in and I originally bumped up the o2 to 6L but while doing so I found out that she had copd so I dipped it down to 3L. Checking pulse ox she was 93%. We then found out that she went to the bathroom without the oxygen on.
The other nurse in the room told me that if a pt is having trouble breathing the oxygen gets bumped all the way up. I was always told that if the pt is copd that that does more harm than good, which is why I just increased it from 2L to 3L? Am I correct?
Too much O2 on a pt with COPD will eventually suppress their drive to breathe. You are correct.
Last edit by AngelRN27 on Apr 28, '13
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