Target oxygen saturation range: 92-96% versus 94-98%

Richard Beasley*, Jimmy Chien, James Douglas, Leonie Eastlake, Claude Farah, Gregory King, Rosemary Moore, Janine Pilcher, Michael Richards, Sheree Smith, Haydn Walters

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    This scientific letter considers the rationale for the target oxygen saturation measured by pulse oximetry (SpO₂) range of 92–96% for oxygen therapy in adult patients without COPD or other conditions associated with chronic respiratory failure, recommended by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, in contrast to the 94–98% target range recommended by the British Thoracic Society. We conclude from the available evidence that the SpO₂ target of 92–96% may be preferable to 94–98%.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)200-202
    Number of pages3
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017


    • adult
    • guideline
    • oxygen
    • oxygen inhalation therapy
    • target oxygen saturation range


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