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Supplemental oxygen can worsen outcome for STEMI patients

from Emergency Medicine News

Emergency clinicians rarely have to worry about oxygen toxicity, but perhaps they should. Our patients are often hypoxic, on a ventilator, comatose, or otherwise supposedly in need of oxygen to treat their underlying problem. The ritual use of low-flow oxygen for a variety of unproven conditions is omnipresent. Very few patients with chest pain, abdominal pain, or other multi-system issues can escape the oxygen-emitting cannula in the ED. more

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