The Hypoxic Drive Theory…DEBUNKED!

We’ve all heard it at some point or another: “Don’t give that COAD patient too much oxygen”. It has led us to believe that oxygen is a REALLY bad thing in patients with chronic obstructive airways disease (COAD). This has caused nurses to be afraid to put oxygen on a COAD patient with low oxygen saturations; yes, even with the REALLY low oxygen saturations! Why? Because of a little something known as the hypoxic drive… Continue reading