Oxygen Therapy Methods

Oxygen used in the medical setting is separated using several different methods including chemical reaction and fractional distillation. This oxygen is then either used immediately or stored for future use.

The main sources of oxygen therapy include:

Oxygen therapy may be given as an acute therapy or may be used in the home management of long-term illnesses. Before long-term oxygen therapy is prescribed, the patient undergoes a detailed examination to assess their suitability for the therapy. This involves measuring the amount of oxygen present in their blood, which can be achieved using a sample of arterial blood. An approximate blood oxygen concentration can also be obtained using oxygen sensors attached to the earlobe, wrist or finger. This is referred to as a pulse oximetry test. The breathing pattern is also assessed using a device called a spirometer.

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Dr. Ananya Mandal

Dr. Ananya Mandal is a doctor by profession, lecturer by vocation and a medical writer by passion. She specialized in Clinical Pharmacology after her bachelor's (MBBS). For her, health communication is not just writing complicated reviews for professionals but making medical knowledge understandable and available to the general public as well.

Last updated Feb 27, 2019


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