Oxygen Titration

Overview

Definition

Oxygen therapy is a method of passing extra oxygen to the lungs. It is done to increase the level of oxygen in your blood.

Lung Respiration
Lungs respiration
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Possible Complications

Oxygen therapy is safe. There is an increased risk of fire around oxygen, but basic steps will help avoid this:

  • Keep the oxygen supply away from open flames.
  • Do not smoke. Do not allow anyone to smoke around you.

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

RESOURCES

American Lung Association http://www.lung.org 

Children's Health Network http://www.cpnonline.org 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Lung Association http://www.lung.ca 

Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca 

References

Bateman NT, Leach RM. ABC of oxygen. BMJ. 1998;317:798-801.

Bailey RE. Home oxygen therapy for treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Am Fam Physician. 2004;70(5). Available at http://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0901/p864.html. Accessed December 22, 2014.

Oxygen therapy. American thoracic society website. Available at: http://patients.thoracic.org/information-series/en/resources/oxygen-therapy.pdf. Published 2005. Accessed December 22, 2014.

Supplemental oxygen. American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/copd/living-with-copd/supplemental-oxygen.html. Accessed December 22, 2014.