TITLE

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

AUTHOR(S)
Beasley, Richard; Aldington, Sarah; Robinson, Geoffrey
PUB. DATE
October 2007
SOURCE
Thorax;Oct2007, Vol. 62 Issue 10, p840
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
27422704

 

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