What should guide supplemental oxygen use in acute management of stroke?

Updated: Sep 08, 2017
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Supplemental oxygen use should be guided by pulse oximetry. Patients should receive supplemental oxygen if their pulse oximetry reading or arterial blood gas measurement reveals that they are hypoxic (SaO 2 < 94%). The most common causes of hypoxia in the patient with acute stroke are partial airway obstruction, hypoventilation, atelectasis, or aspiration of stomach or oropharyngeal contents. [18, 19]

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