Oxygen Administration

Categories: EMS
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Why do we need Emergency Oxygen?

The air a person normally breathes contains approximately 21 percent oxygen. The concentration of oxygen delivered to a victim through rescue breathing is 16 percent.  A condition known as hypoxia (insufficient oxygen to the body) can occur if a person goes without adequate oxygen for an extended period.

Signs and symptoms of hypoxia include:

  •  Increased breathing and heart rate
  •  Changes in level of consciousness
  •  Restlessness
  •  Cyanosis (bluish color on lips and nailbeds)
  •  Chest pain

When should Emergency Oxygen be used?

Note that you should provide emergency oxygen to a victim having difficulty breathing if it is available and if you are trained to administer oxygen. Emergency oxygen should be considered in these situations