When I was a resident, an EMT brought a patient in on a 100% non-rebreather mask (NRB) and I asked if she needed all that oxygen. His reply was, “Oxygen never hurt anybody.” Interesting response, and one that current data suggests may be more myth than truth.
How many times have you participated in this patient care scenario?
“My ICU patient on invasive mechanical ventilation is passing a spontaneous awakening and breathing trial, but isn’t waking up? I’m going to leave the patient intubated until he is more awake.”