- Acid Reflux
- Being on Oxygen
- Dry Mouth - Xerostomia
- Dental Issues
- Nebulizer Usage
- Neck and Shoulder Dysfunction
- Pain Management
- Peg Tube
- Recurrent Disease
- Second Primaries
- Stroke and Vascular Problems Related to Head Neck Radiation
Being On Oxygen
What is a normal blood oxygen level?
Oxygen levels are commonly measured by two techniques. The first is a blood gas in which a blood sample is taken directly from an artery. This is the most accurate assessment of oxygen. The normal oxygen level using this technique is 80-100 (mmHg). The second technique is bloodless [and painless] and is called pulse oximetry. The result here is not a direct measurement of oxygen but rather represents the percentage of hemoglobin that is saturated with oxygen. Hemoglobin is a protein in the blood that carries oxygen to the tissues. A light sensor is used which is commonly placed on a fingertip. Pulse oximetry is not as accurate as a blood gas and can be influenced by temperature and circulation. The normal oxygen saturation is 95-100%.
Thank you to Breathing Better, Living Well for this information. More information can be found on their website at: http://breathingbetterlivingwell.com/basics/oxygenqa.php
As a laryngectomy we have special needs in the use of oxygen. A pediatric
mask works well to fit under the neck to provide oxygen. Another option if you
use an HME is one with a built in port for oxygen. These are available from
Boston Medical at the following site:
More information on Boston Medical can be found in our supplier section:
An issue just came up with one of our group, when she had to be transported via aid car to the hospital. They did not have a trach mask nor an adapter to connect the oxygen tubing to a mask. They had to get one through the repertory department at the hospital but of course that was way after the need. I did some research and found they can be ordered on line. It is a trach mask with the oxygen adapter included available at Walgreens on line order (only) for $2.99 each. Here is a link to the information:
It might be worth having one on hand in case of emergencies.
2010 Seattle, WA.
If you have questions about your own oxygen needs, your doctor should be your guide.
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