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Oxygen therapy in acutley-ill adults (Qstream)


Welcome to Oxygen (O2) Therapy in Acutely Ill Adults.

This Qstream spaced learning module explores decision-making processes in, and provides a simple and practical guide for, acute use of supplemental O2 in adults. The Australian and New Zealand Thoracic Society Guidelines, 2015 recommends a patient O2 saturation (SpO2) target of 92-96% in acute medical conditions and reinforces NSW Health PD2013_049 Recognition and management of patients who are clinically deteriorating.


Following completion of this module, the clinician will:

  • describe when acutely-ill patients need supplemental O2 therapy
  • explain how to respond promptly to low O2 saturations (SpO2)
  • identify appropriate O2 flow rates in different clinical situations
  • select suitable O2 measurements and delivery devices
  • identify O2 therapy requirements in response to arterial blood gas results
  • determine individual patient O2 saturation (SpO2) target range
  • identify where supplemental O2 therapy is prescribed


This course is designed for clinicians in non-critical care areas caring for patients requiring O2 therapy and may qualify for up to 1.0 hrs of Continuous Professional Development.