Trying to figure out what saturated oxygen level I should try and maintain (90%,95%, etc)? And accordingly, setting my concentrator lpm volume? I have a SpO2 finger meter.
Hi again, Greg - and thanks for posing this question. You may be aware we cannot provide medical advice or diagnostics over the internet (for your own safety), but your concern certainly warrants a reply.
Generally speaking, one cannot become 'over oxygenated' with COPD while using supplemental oxygen therapy. (There is one exception to this, and that would be for folks diagnosed with COPD who have chronically high carbon dioxide levels with typically lower levels of oxygen - but that is another situation altogether).
I know that back in December, we had a conversation about acceptable levels of oxygen saturation for you and, for others in general. The answer to that question (and even this question about 'too much' oxygen), you will find if you scroll down a little bit.
For your convenience, I am posting the response here, too, in quotes:
This is from December 22, 2021:
"Hi Greg, and thanks for your post. You've posed an excellent question.
As you may be aware, acceptable oxygen saturation levels can vary from patient to patient. What is acceptable for one patient, mat not be optimal for another patient. As well, the liter flow set on one's oxygen concentrator should be prescribed by one's physician and will be specific for each patent's particular level of disease.
At times, the physician will suggest a patient adjust their liter flow to maintain the oxygen saturation level within a certain range (which is exactly what your question is)!
That is why your concern is best addressed by your physician, for you specific level of disease.
What do you think?
Leon (site moderator COPD.net)"
I do hope this provides you with helpful information for your concern earlier today. As always, this type of concern should be addressed with your prescribing physician. The doctor will know your specific condition best, and will be able to guide you as to suitable flow rates of oxygen as well as targeted oxygen saturation levels for your specific level of disease.
What do you think?
Leon (site moderator COPD.net)