Medical Gases

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Section 8 - MEDICATION GUIDELINES

8.16 MEDICAL GASES

Oxygen

DESCRIPTION

  • An odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is essential for life. It is one of the most important emergency medications.

INDICATIONS

  • Hypoxia or anticipated hypoxia, Cardiac Arrest, chest pain, dyspnea, shock or anticipated shock.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • COPD: use caution with high-flow Oxygen however, if patient is in distress, do not withhold.

PRECAUTIONS

  • COPD and prolonged administration of high concentrations in the newborn.

DOSAGE

  • Refer to PRACTICE PARAMETERS for specific dosages.