Oxygen therapy, when prescribed rationally, is an extremely important and effective intervention in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is the only treatment, apart from stopping smoking, that reduces mortality. It is imperative that patients with COPD who would benefit from oxygen therapy are identified and treated. There are four principal situations in which oxygen therapy is used in patients with COPD and hypoxaemia. These are:
• Acutely, during exacerbations
• Long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT)
• Short-burst therapy
• Ambulatory oxygen
The rationales for treatment, and hence the objectives of therapy, are different in each of these situations. Each therefore needs to be considered separately.
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