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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease$
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Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.001.0001

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Oxygen and airflow

Oxygen and airflow

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(p.165) Chapter 10 Oxygen and airflow
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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease
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Sam H. Ahmedzai (Contributor Webpage)

Martin F. Muers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0010

This chapter examines the use of oxygen in the management of breathlessness or dyspnoea. It provides suggested guidelines for the use of oxygen in the palliation of breathlessness based on the recommendations of the available literature. The chapter suggests that oxygen therapy should only be used as one part of supportive care and that automatic prescription of oxygen to a breathless patient should be avoided in palliative care. The most useful device for delivering oxygen to palliative care patients is nasal cannulae because it does not interfere with speech and the fraction of inspired oxygen.

Keywords:   oxygen therapy, breathlessness, dyspnoea, palliative care, supportive care, nasal cannulae, inspired oxygen

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