Safe and effective use of supplemental oxygen therapy
CPD    

Safe and effective use of supplemental oxygen therapy

Elizabeth Allibone Head of clinical education and training, Nursing Development and Education, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London, England
Tania Soares Sister, Nursing Development and Education, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London, England
Alexandra Wilson Sister – clinical education, Nursing Development and Education, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • » To ensure your knowledge of the common indications and contraindications for supplemental oxygen therapy is up to date

  • » To understand the process of determining if patients have a clinical need for supplemental oxygen therapy and evaluating the effects of the intervention

  • » To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • » To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Nurses have an important role in early identification of factors that can compromise oxygen delivery to the lungs and tissues in the body, and in ensuring that patients who may require supplemental oxygen therapy are assessed and managed safely and competently. This article provides an overview of the anatomy and physiology in relation to oxygen delivery to the lungs and tissues in the body, and outlines the common indications and contraindications for supplemental oxygen therapy. It also discusses the approaches that nurses can adopt to assess a patient’s clinical need for supplemental oxygen therapy, as well as the safety considerations required.

Nursing Standard. 33, 5,43-50. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11227

Citation

Allibone E, Soares T, Wilson A (2018) Safe and effective use of supplemental oxygen therapy. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11227

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

@LizAllibone

Correspondence

e.allibone@rbht.nhs.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

You need a subscription to read the full article