What is carbon dioxide retention and why is it dangerous when talking about administering oxygen to a patient?
- Carbon Dioxide Retention: Slow rise in arterial carbon dioxide levels over the years causes the respiratory center in the brain to work less efficiently. If the condition is severe, respiration stop unless hypoxic drive stimulates the respiratory center.
- When administering oxygen to a patient with severe carbon dioxide retention, the hypoxic drive is lost and the respiratory center is no longer stimulated. This may result in the patient not breathing at all