Is it time to change the approach to oxygen therapy in the breathless patient?

Beasley, Richard; Aldington, Sarah; Robinson, Geoffrey
October 2007
Thorax;Oct2007, Vol. 62 Issue 10, p840
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the issue about the change in approach to oxygen therapy in the breathless patient. It notes that such a change of long established practice would also require a recognition of the risks of inappropriate high flow oxygen therapy. The potential adverse pulmonary effects of high flow oxygen therapy were shown to result in worsening ventilation-perfusion mismatch due to absorption atelectasis and inhibition of reflex pulmonary vasoconstriction.


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