Can somebody help with overnight oximetry

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Hi, My husband is going to see the Oxygen Nurse on Monday and then admission to hospital on Thursday to see if he needs oxygen. These are his reads Mean sats 87 median sats 89. Med sats have been 51.60?? Also what questions should I be asking the oxygen nurse about results of blood gases etc

Regards Jane

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    Yes ask about his blood gases.

    Also ask them about the condition of his lungs

    Is it severe?

    What medication/Inhalers/tablets will help him?

    Will he needs oxygen at home?

    How often are you going to be checking on him.

    Can he be put forward for

    Pulmonary rehabilitation? GP can do referral.

    That's all I can think of.

    Love to you both.


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    Hi Jane,  yes I can help a bit!  The Oximetry test can be (as mine was) done in the comfort of your own home!!  No need to check into a hospital, unless your doctor specifically wants your husband to stay overnight.  All your dr. Has to do is order an overnight Oximetry Test and a tech will deliver it to you right to your door with instructions on how to use it (super easy) and pick it up the following day.  Hope this helps!



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    Hi Jane:

    Yes, I agree with Patty!!  No need to go to the hospital to have oxi test!  When I was first diagnosed with COPD, my doctor sent me out of the doctor's office hooked up to an oxygen tank and had ordered a concentrator to be delivered to my home.  Since day one of my diagnosis, I have been on 2.5 lt. oxygen throughout the night!  I was out of town and forgot to take my oximeter with me in our motorhome, therefore for my own peace of mind, I went to a local pharmacy and purchased one for about $40.00.  If you are being told to go to the hospital for an oxygen test, someone is just attempting to take unnecessary funds from you!!  Good luck!

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    Hello, I hope what I have to say is meaningful. I discussed the length of time I was to use a prescribed amount of oxygen. My sats were quite low. I suggested to the Oxygen Nurse that it may be beneficial for me to have my oxygenation during the night as this is when the blood oxygen decreased. He agreed with me and suggested using the oxygen concentrator that had been supplied for me to use. A nasl catheter is best for this purpose. I use a small oxygen bottle when out and about. this has a conserver to allow a pulse of oxygen to be delivered throgh the nasal catheter. I do not know where you live but I am in the UK and all of these things are provided for me free of charge. Just one more thing neither of you should be put in a position where you both become anxious about COPD. I used to be but now that I have learned to live with it, it does not dominate my daily life. From where I stand, your husband needs oxygen therapy to maintain the major organs in the body. I hope that I have not overloaded you with information. A day at a time is my way of life.
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