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  1. Oxygen Therapy Community First Responder

  2. Oxygen • Oxygen is a drug • When administered to a patient, its use must be recorded on a Clinical Record Form. Community First Responder

  3. Most patients in the emergency situation need oxygen therapy e.g. CPR Cardiac Conditions Lung Disease Major Trauma Head Injuries Unconscious Patient Acute Asthma Epilepsy CVA Shortness of Breath Carbon Monoxide Poisoning or other Toxins Indications Community First Responder

  4. Contraindications • Paraquat Poisoning (Weed killer) • O2 increases damage to the lungs • Hyperventilation • O2 Doesn’t harm, doesn’t help either Community First Responder

  5. Administration • In an emergency situation, give 100% through a non-rebreather mask • Show caution in patients with chronic lung disease • Monitor the patient, don’t withhold O2 from a patient who may need it. Community First Responder

  6. S A F E T Y No Smoking! • Oil or grease must not come into contact with oxygen equipment • Risk of compression ignition • Avoid running the cylinder empty (Exchange cylinders with ambulance crews) Community First Responder

  7. Demonstrate competence with the equipment and its operation On/off control Contents gauge Flow rate Tubing connector Identify all available oxygen masks Practical Session Community First Responder

  8. What did I say? • Who should not receive oxygen? • Why not? Community First Responder

  9. Questions? Community First Responder

  10. Summary • NEVER withhold O2 from a patient who may need it • ALWAYS record it’s use • ALWAYS monitor your patient Community First Responder

  11. Summary • Nobody ever died from being oxygenated • Everyone dies from a lack of it! Community First Responder