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Debunking myths: can you over-oxygenate a child?

The first in a new series looking at some common questions faced by children's nurses focuses on administering oxygen safely
Image of a child in a hospital bed with an oxygen mask

The first in a new series looking at some common questions faced by children's nurses focuses on administering oxygen safely

There are often inconsistencies in practice when oxygen is given and in what the desired oxygen level of children should be. The goal of oxygen administration is to achieve adequate tissue oxygenation, but is there a danger of giving too much oxygen?

It is a common misconception that oxygen should be given to maintain saturations of 100%. Guidance states it should be given for saturations to be maintained above 92% with a general target of 94-98% (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC) 2020,

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