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Use of medical orders in acute care oxygen therapy

Wong, Ming and Elliott, Malcolm 2009, Use of medical orders in acute care oxygen therapy, British journal of nursing, vol. 18, no. 8, pp. 462-464.

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Title Use of medical orders in acute care oxygen therapy
Author(s) Wong, Ming
Elliott, Malcolm
Journal name British journal of nursing
Volume number 18
Issue number 8
Start page 462
End page 464
Total pages 3
Publisher Mark Allen Publishing
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-04-23
ISSN 0966-0461
Keyword(s) drug administration
medical prescription
oxygen therapy
Summary The life of every living organism is sustained by the presence of oxygen and the acute deprivation of oxygen will, therefore, result in hypoxia and ultimately death. Although oxygen is normally present in the air, higher concentrations are required to treat many disease processes. Oxygen is therefore considered to be a drug requiring a medical prescription and is subject to any law that covers its use and prescription. Administration is typically authorized by a physician following legal written instructions to a qualified nurse. This standard procedure helps prevent incidence of misuse or oxygen deprivation which could worsen the patients hypoxia and ultimate outcome. Delaying the administration of oxygen until a written medical prescription is obtained could also have the same effect. Clearly, defined protocols should exist to allow for the legal administration of oxygen by nurses without a physicians order because any delay in administering oxygen to patients can very well lead to their death.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016525

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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