Research findings may change oxygen use in ICUs across the globe

A world-first trial by researchers at Monash University could change how oxygen is administered to millions of people in intensive care units across the world.

The trial found ICU patients are being given unnecessary levels of oxygen that make no difference to their recovery, and in some specific groups less oxygen may actually improve recovery and survival rates.

The findings of the study, “Conservative Oxygen Therapy during Mechanical Ventilation in the ICU”, are being published in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the World Conference of Intensive Care in Melbourne on Tuesday (October 15).

One of the Lead Researchers, Professor Rinaldo Bellomo from Monash University’s Australian & New Zealand Intensive Care (ANZIC) Research Centre, said the findings are hugely significant for the use of oxygen in ICUs around the world.

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