The potential harm of oxygen therapy in medical emergencies.

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The potential harm of oxygen therapy in medical emergencies.

Crit Care. 2013 Apr 18;17(2):313

Authors: Cornet AD, Kooter AJ, Peters MJ, Smulders YM

Abstract
In medical emergencies, supplemental oxygen is often administrated routinely. Most paramedics and physicians believe that high concentrations of oxygen are life-saving 1. Over the last century, however, a plethora of studies point to possible detrimental effects of hyperoxia induced by supplemental oxygen in a variety of medical emergencies. This viewpoint provides a historical overview and questions the safety of routine high-dose oxygen administration and is based on pathophysiology and (pre)clinical findings in various medical emergencies.

PMID: 23635028 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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