Pre-oxygenation in healthy volunteers: a comparison of the supine and 45° seated positions

Smith, S.J., Harten, J., Jack, E., Carter, R. and Kinsella, J. (2010) Pre-oxygenation in healthy volunteers: a comparison of the supine and 45° seated positions. Anaesthesia, 65(10), pp. 980-983. (doi:/10.1111/j.1365-2044.2010.06451.x.)

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Abstract

Pre-oxygenation in the seated (sitting) position has been associated with better oxygenation. This randomised, cross over study compared oxygenation in the supine position with that in the 45° seated position in 40 young, healthy volunteers. Oxygen was administered through a circle system and tight fitting facemask. Transcutaneous Po(2) levels were recorded at 10-s intervals from two measurement points during 4 min of oxygenation in the two positions. The mean (SD) values of 12 measurements taken between the third and fourth minute were recorded. There was no difference in the increase in tissue oxygenation when comparing the supine and seated positions (32.7 (7.3) vs 32.6 (6.7) kPa, respectively). We conclude that there is no evidence that pre-oxygenation in the 45° seated position improves tissue oxygenation in young healthy volunteers compared with the supine position.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Harten, Dr Johann and Kinsella, Professor John and Carter, Dr Roger
Authors: Smith, S.J., Harten, J., Jack, E., Carter, R., and Kinsella, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Clinical Specialities
Journal Name:Anaesthesia
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0003-2409
ISSN (Online):1365-2044

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