The first national guideline for the emergency use of oxygen in adults has been published.The guidelines, developed by a working party and led by the British Thoracic Society (BTS), are intended to simplify oxygen delivery and better protect acutely ill patients.Dr Ronan O'Driscoll, of the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Salford Royal University Hospital, one of the respiratory physicians who led the development of the guideline, said: "The development of this landmark guideline is a vital step in the recognition of oxygen as a carefully targeted therapeutic agent.Here are several studies, reviews, and guidelines that address current research about best practice for administering oxygen therapy. Chart 2: Flow chart for oxygen administration on general wards in hospitals.ABG, arterial blood gas; EPR, electronic patient record; EWS, Early Warning Score; Spo2, arterial oxygen saturation measured by pulse oximetry. Guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care: Part 7.1: Adjuncts for airway control and ventilation. Booth, S., Anderson, H., Swannick, M., Wade, R., Kite, S., & Johnson, M. The use of oxygen in the palliation of breathlessness: A report of the expert working group of the scientific committee of the Association of Palliative Medicine.
This vital action is designed to ensure that patients are not given too little, or too much, oxygen which can result in greater illness and, in rare cases, even death.We suggest that healthcare providers access the entire research study and assess the study’s quality and generalizability before applying the findings to their own clinical practice. Rehabilitation for the home care patient with COPD. Until now, most healthcare professionals have followed their own institution's customary practice when administering oxygen therapy, and it is this lack of consistency and clear guidance that the BTS' guideline aims to correct.Oxygen is one of the most widely used drugs, and is used across the whole range of healthcare specialities.