In general, yes, nurses administer oxygen without a doctor’s order. However, it is important to note that orders may be necessary for some medical conditions like COPD and asthma. An oxygen saturation monitor must be ordered by your doctor if you are having trouble breathing.
An oxygen saturation monitor measures the amount of oxygen your body is receiving. The machine measures oxygen levels in your blood, and tells you if your oxygen is getting too low.
What medications are allowed for?
Medications are allowed for patients with COPD as long as they are safe and effective. The medications will be monitored closely by your doctor.
Medications for COPD can be inhalers, beta-agonists, anticholinergics, and steroids.
Do nurses administer oxygen?
No, nurses do not administer oxygen. Instead, doctors monitor oxygen saturation levels.
Can you administer oxygen at home?
Yes, you may be able to administer oxygen at home. If you are on oxygen, your doctor may recommend that you have a portable oxygen monitor on hand. This monitor would be worn around your neck and would deliver oxygen through a tube to your mouth.
You may be able to administer oxygen at home, but your doctor will need to order a portable oxygen monitor.
If at home, your doctor will need to monitor you at least once a day to make sure you’re getting the right amount of oxygen.
Do you need oxygen at home?
You may need oxygen at home if you have COPD. You may be able to breathe easier with it at home.
However, you shouldn’t use it without your doctor’s approval.
You may be able to use oxygen at home if you are considered safe and have no other medical conditions. Oxygen therapy is recommended by many doctors if you have COPD.
What symptoms should you report to your doctor?
It’s a good idea to report any symptoms you may have to your doctor as soon as possible. Symptoms can indicate a possible medical emergency.
Common symptoms of COPD include chest pain, difficulty breathing, and wheezing.
What medications help?
Doctors will discuss the medications you may need with you. However, you may be able to get relief from some of these medications.
Beta-agonists are an important part of COPD treatment. They help to increase airflow. One example is albuterol.
These drugs help to reduce mucus production. They can be used together with beta-agonists, oxygen therapy, and other medications. Examples are:
- Ipratropium (Atrovent)
- Tiotropium (Spiriva)
- Ipratropium and tiotropium combination (Zilitor)
- Tiotropium and vilanterol (Wye-12)
These drugs can kill bacteria in the lungs. They can help to clear out the mucus that’s causing your COPD.
These medications can reduce inflammation and make breathing easier.
What should I do if I’m having trouble breathing?
If you’re having trouble breathing, you should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.
You should also call 911 immediately if you feel you may be having a heart attack or stroke.
What should I do if I’m having chest pain?
If you’re having chest pain, call 911 immediately.
What should I do if I have a high fever?
If you have a high fever and chest pain, call 911 immediately.
What should I?
If you’re having difficulty breathing, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.
If you’re in any type of medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
What should I do if I’m having trouble swallowing?
If you’re having trouble swallowing, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.
What should I do if I’m having a seizure?
If you’re in a medical emergency and have a seizure, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.
What should I do if I’m having a heart attack?
If you’re experiencing chest pain, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.
What should I do if I’m feeling nauseous?
If you’re feeling nauseous, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.
What should I do if I’m feeling confused?
If you’re feeling confused, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.
What should I do if I’m having difficulty breathing?
If you’re experiencing difficulty breathing, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.
When should I call you?
You should call 911 immediately if you’re experiencing any of the following:
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Severe pain
- A stroke
- Heart attack
- Collapsed lung
- Irregular heartbeats
- A seizure
What do I need to know before taking an IV sedative?
An IV sedative is a medicine that’s given through a vein in your arm, or in your hand. These medications are in various forms, including:
Your doctor will give you instructions about how to take it.
Do not take an IV sedative if you:
- Are pregnant or are concerned about your pregnancy
- Are taking an antihistamine or other sleep medication
- Are experiencing a heart attack, heart failure, or other heart problems
- Are currently taking or have taken an MAO inhibitor
- Are taking another antihistamine
- Are taking any other medication that is not prescribed or approved for you
An IV sedative can affect your heart rhythm. It can do this if you take it after alcohol or nicotine.
What is a deep sedative?
A deep sedative is a type of drug that’s taken by mouth. It’s sometimes called an oral sedative. Some examples of these drugs include:
- Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Clonidine (Catapres)
- Zolpidem (Ambien)
You should not take an oral sedative if you:
- The takeaway
Nurses can administer oxygen without a doctor’s order. However, this is not a common practice. This means that they can’t prescribe oxygen for you.
If you have any breathing problems, you should always call 911 or go to the nearest emergency.
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