Oxygen therapy in cardiology: Local prescribing experience at a large regional cardiac centre

Pankaj Garg, Jakub Lagan Lekarz

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Oxygen is a prescribed drug which is widely used in cardiac care. Its inappropriate use can have harmful effects to the patients and would be less cost effective. Aim: This study was carried out to gain an insight into clinical practice of prescribing oxygen therapy in busy cardiology unit and whether it's affecting patient care.Method:We prospectively audited twenty patients in different Cardiology Wards: two acute and two non acute wards over 2 months. Oxygen indication, mode of delivery, documentation in case notes and prescriptions on drug charts were studied. Conclusion:Oxygen was poorly prescribed. No patients were prescribed oxygen on drug chart and very few patients (5 patients; 25%) had documentation of oxygen therapy in case notes. Nasal prongs were the most preferred mode of delivery for oxygen. Review of current best practice and UK/European guidance on use of oxygen in acute cardiac care has also been discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages1
JournalInternet Journal of Cardiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Acute oxygen therapy
  • Audit
  • Behaviour
  • Hypoxia
  • Oxygen
  • Prescription

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