Podcast #380: Oxygen for the kill - The Emergency Medical Minute

Author:  Ryan Circh, MD

Educational Pearls:


  • Review of 25 randomized control trials encompassing 16,037 acutely ill hospitalized patients
  • Patients given oxygen with saturations > 94% on room air were found to have associated increased mortality in-hospital, at 30-days, and at long-term follow up
  • It may seem intuitive, but do not give oxygen to patients that do not need it



Chu DK, et al (2018). Mortality and morbidity in acutely ill adults treated with liberal versus conservative oxygen therapy (IOTA): a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet. 391(10131):1693-1705

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