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September 2009, Volume 39 Number 9 , p 51 - 54


  • John C. Stich RN, CCRN, MSA, MSN
  • David M. Cassella RN, CCNS, CCRN, MSN


Stich, John C. RN, CCRN, MSA, MSN; Cassella, David M. RN, CCNS, CCRN, MSN

Issue: Volume 39(9), September 2009, p 51–54 Publication Type: [Feature] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Learn the ins and outs of supplemental oxygen therapy, including which delivery device is best for your patient. At Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., John C. Stich is director of the critical care nurse course and David M. Cassella is head nurse of orthopedics.

YOU ENTER YOUR PATIENT'S room at the beginning of the shift and find her in severe respiratory distress. She's pale, diaphoretic, tachypneic, and dyspneic, and her SpO 2 is 86%. You activate the rapid response team. While waiting for help to arrive, you obtain her vital signs and prepare to administer supplemental oxygen. Which oxygen delivery device would be the most appropriate for this patient?

In this article, we'll help you make the best choice by presenting an over-view of oxygen ...

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