I am aware that this is probably a REALLY dumb question
I have a COPD pt who wears her o2 despite her really 'needing' it as she would be 95% on RA- she says she's always used it at night at home and 'feels SOB' without it. When she thinks she's 'SOB', she really isn't and o2 sats are WNL so I usually just give her something for anxiety. Anyways, she's been wearing her o2 at night and during the day increasingly as well. Her labs are showing an increase in co2, today it was 41cf, last week it was 34H. Doc didn't make any changes to her orders.
Maybe this is a long shot, but I'm just wondering, could the 'unnecessary' o2 be a result? I don't know if she's a retainer, I couldn't find anything in her hx about it. COPD seems pretty mild, and pt is a bit of a hypochondriac with a family from hell. Can it be detrimental to a pt to have o2 at 2L with normal sats?