Oxygen is generally given to those who need it through a ventilator or Venturi mask. Some people may be given a portable tank containing enriched air which they can move around with them.
When we say enriched air, we mean air that has a higher concentration of oxygen than normal. Instead of the standard 21 percent, people on oxygen therapy will be given air that contains 30, 35, or 50 percent oxygen. The amount depends on their needs.
While our residents are undergoing O2 therapy, our skilled nursing staff keep an eye on each resident’s saturation levels. The level needs to be maintained at a 90 to 92-percent level depending on the individual. If these levels drop significantly, it could trigger respiratory distress—that’s difficulty breathing.