Oxygen-induced hypercapnia in COPD: myths and facts

@inproceedings{Abdo2012OxygeninducedHI,
  title={Oxygen-induced hypercapnia in COPD: myths and facts},
  author={Wilson Farid Abdo and Leo M. A. Heunks},
  booktitle={Critical care},
  year={2012}
}
During our medical training, we learned that oxygen administration in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) induces hypercapnia through the 'hypoxic drive' mechanism and can be dangerous. This mindset frequently results in the reluctance of clinicians to administer oxygen to hypoxemic patients with COPD. However, this fear is not based on evidence in the literature. Here, we will review the impact and pathophysiology of oxygen-induced hypercapnia in patients with acute… CONTINUE READING

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