Tag: Oxygen Therapy

Articles about oxygen-therapy for the terminally ill.

Four Case Studies About External Oxygen on Hospice

It is common for family members and caregivers who are not trained in end-of-life topics to be concerned about their loved one's oxygen concentration (SpO2 and sometimes also abbreviated SPaO2) reading from a pulse oximeter. If their loved one refuses external oxygen or takes off the external oxygen, this often causes distress to the family and caregivers because they are focused on the numbers vs. the patient themselves. Hospice is about patient-centered care, and I would like to present four case studies to demonstrate how hospice manages this situation with compassion.
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Should dying patients be on oxygen?

I have cared for many terminally ill patients over the years. One question that comes up frequently is should the dying patient be on oxygen at the end of life? I see it from both sides, from hospice intake personnel as well as the admitting nurse — all had it drilled into them over the years that low oxygen saturation must be treated — to families who see how hospital and nursing home staff rush to put someone on oxygen because of low oxygen saturation. Contrary to widespread belief, most dying patients do not need oxygen. Here’s why:
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