CNS Communiqué

NEW RECOMMENDATIONS: MOST HOSPITAL PATIENTS NEED LESS O2

According to new recommendations published October 24 in the BMJ, supplemental oxygen is not always indicated for acutely ill patients and may contribute to mortality.  As part of the “Rapid Recommendations” initiative of the BMJ, a panel of experts — including specialists, a nurse, a surgeon, a respiratory therapist and patients — evaluated a recent systematic review and meta-analysis and developed recommendations regarding supplemental oxygen therapy.  The recommendations are aimed at treating critically ill patients, surgical patients with sepsis, hospitalized patients or those en route to hospital in an ambulance.