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Emergency oxygen therapy for the COPD patient
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    • Ross Murphy, Specialist Registrar in Emergency Medicine
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      • Ronan O'Driscoll

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the above letter by Howard and Harrison.

    It eloquently highlights the concerns many physicians have regarding emergency oxygen therapy. It also outlines a protocol for the management of COPD patients that we feel differs only slightly from that proposed by the North-West Oxygen Group (NWOG).

    In their letter the authors describe the arterial blood gases and ou...

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    Oxygen Therapy in COPD
    • Luke S Howard, Respiratory Physician
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      • Brian D Harrison

    Dear Editor

    Two articles appeared in consecutive issues of the EMJ last year regarding emergency oxygen therapy. The first was a comprehensive review of emergency oxygen therapy for the COPD patient[1] and the second comprised guidelines prepared by the North West Oxygen Group (NWOG) for oxygen use in the breathless patient.[2] The review highlighted the dangers of high-flow oxygen (HFO) in COPD during exacerbation...

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