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Monday, April 21, 2014
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Oxygen level in lungs
If your lower lung oxygen level is 63% is that bad?
If this measurement was obtained by pulse oximeter (the finger probe), then 63% is very low and one would require supplemental oxygen. But if this is the partial pressure of oxygen in the blood and obtained from an arterial blood gas (usually involving a needle stick in the wrist), then this is not so "bad" and supplemental oxygen may not be required.
Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University