Fear of hypercapnia is leading to inadequate oxygen treatmentBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7187.872 (Published 27 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:872
- G G Lavery, Intensive care consultant (email@example.com)
- Regional Intensive Care Unit, Royal Hospitals Trust, Belfast
EDITOR—Patients with proved hypoxaemia who are receiving a fractional inspired oxygen concentration of only 24-35% can be found in wards throughout the United Kingdom. Even this is overstating the case since masks often do not deliver the set oxygen concentration, 1 2 and an ill fitting facemask with a resultant increase in entrained room air will further reduce the inspired oxygen concentration.3 I was therefore delighted by Bateman and Leach's statement that “Inadequate oxygen accounts for more deaths …
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