10. Oxygen Therapy

  1. Petra Seeber MD1 and
  2. Aryeh Shander MD, FCCM, FCCP2,3

Published Online: 4 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118338070.ch10

Basics of Blood Management, Second edition

Basics of Blood Management, Second edition

How to Cite

Seeber, P. and Shander, A. (2012) Oxygen Therapy, in Basics of Blood Management, Second edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118338070.ch10

Author Information

  1. 1

    Institute for Blood Management, Gotha, Germany

  2. 2

    Critical Care Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, NJ, USA

  3. 3

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 24 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470670705

Online ISBN: 9781118338070



  • Oxygen therapy;
  • Hyperbaric oxygen;
  • Hyperoxic ventilation


Medical oxygen is a drug. It exerts understood as well as yet unexplained effects on the human organism. Obviously, human life without oxygen is impossible. On the other hand, life is endangered when there is too much oxygen. Oxygen therapy, as a valuable adjunct to the prevention and therapy of anemic hypoxia and bleeding, has great benefits, but also side effects. It takes knowledgeable healthcare providers to make oxygen another life-saving piece in the armamentarium for blood management.