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November 2008 Br J Cardiol 2008;15:293

New national guideline on emergency oxygen use in adults

BJCardio editorial team

Abstract

The first national guideline for the emergency use of oxygen in adults has been published, with the aim of simplifying oxygen delivery and better protecting acutely ill patients.  Developed by a working party and led by the British Thoracic Society, the guideline is published in Thorax (Thorax 2008;63[Suppl VI]:vi1–vi68), and supported by 22 professional societies and institutions. The guideline recommends that oxygen is administered to patients whose oxygen saturation falls below the target saturation ranges (94-98% for most acutely ill patients and 88-92% for those at risk of type 2 respiratory failure with raised carbon dioxide level i

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