# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Patient Care Technician Task 1596691741

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Assist with reapplication of oxygen therapy.

Definition

Assistance should be performed using a nasal cannula or face mask while keeping the following in mind:
  • Patients with sudden changes in their vital signs, level of consciousness, or behavior may be experiencing profound hypoxia.
  • Oxygen is a drug and should be given only when ordered by a medical officer, by a registered nurse, or as a nurse-initiated order in an emergency situation.
  • Oxygen therapy is given to maintain oxygen saturations above 95 percent.

Process/Skill Questions

  • Who must initiate the order for oxygen?
  • Is a patient care technician allowed to apply the oxygen therapy?

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