Oxygen not helpful for dyspnea without hypoxia

In this randomized trial of palliative care patients with dyspnea, but not hypoxia, they were randomized to oxygen or room air by nasal cannula, and had no difference in reported dyspnea. There does not appear to be a symptom benefit to palliative patients with dyspnea but not hypoxia (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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