Oxygen therapy means using an oxygen tank or a machine to
breathe in air that contains more oxygen than normal.
Oxygen therapy increases
the amount of oxygen in the lungs and the bloodstream. A person with a health problem
such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may need oxygen therapy if there
are signs that the cells of the body are not getting enough oxygen.
may be given by different methods, including a:
Tube placed under a person's
nose (nasal cannula).
Plastic cup placed over a person's mouth and nose (oxygen
Tube (endotracheal tube) placed into the mouth and down the windpipe
of a person who cannot breathe independently. The tube is attached to a machine (ventilator)
that breathes for the person.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Hasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep
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