To provide supplementary oxygen to patients who show clinical signs of low oxygen levels.
Patient Factors & Considerations
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COVID-19 / Febrile Respiratory Illness
Crews are advised to limit the use of oxygen in patients with influenza like symptoms wherever possible to avoid aerosolisation.
Crews are advised to tolerate lower SpO2 than usual in patients with ILI; ≥ 88% is acceptable. Note: It may not be possible to improve SpO2 to an acceptable level within the oxygenation guideline described above.
Nasal prongs: 1-4 litres per minute, ideally with surgical mask over the top where possible
Therapy mask: Maximum 10 litres per minute
Non-rebreather/high concentration mask: Maximum 15 litres per minute
Crews treating patients who are on home BiPAP/CPAP or with a tracheostomy should don full PPE requirements for aerosol generating procedures (AGP’s) if the presentation is an infective respiratory illness. See PPE requirements.
Always turn the oxygen off first, thenremove the nasal prongs/mask from the patient.
All relevant infection control methods to be utilised.