Oxygen therapy in adult patients. Part 2: promoting safe and effective practice in patients' care and management

Sandy Rolfe (Lead / Corresponding author), Fiona Paul

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Abstract

The assessment, care and management of patients requiring oxygen therapy are key aspects of a nurse's role. Although oxygen therapy is an important treatment for many clinical conditions, it carries risks and complications; therefore, nurses and other health professionals have a responsibility to ensure safe and effective practice along with maintaining and developing their knowledge and skills in this therapy. The relevant aspects of physiology and pathophysiology were explored and discussed in part one of this article ( Rolfe and Paul, 2018 ). The aims of the second part are to discuss: (1) the indications for oxygen therapy; (2) the principles of assessment, care and management of adult patients requiring oxygen therapy; and (3) recommendations for the safe and effective use of oxygen devices, along with the potential complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)988-995
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Volume27
Issue number17
Early online date20 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Respiratory failure
  • Hypoxia
  • Hypoxaemia
  • Respiration
  • Oxygen therapy devices/masks
  • Oxgenation

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