Obesity hypoventilation – do not give too much O2

In this small double blind controlled trial of patients with obesity related hypoventilation, those breathing 100% had an significant increase in their Pco2, which increased by 5mmHg within 20 minutes, compared to room air. There is a potential danger for acute hypercarbia in patients with obesity-associated hypoventilation given 100% Fi02 (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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