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Clarification on oxygen delivery for COVID-19 Patient


According to the memorandum released on April 3rd 2020 regarding considerations for Paramedics Managing Patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic, it states to CONSIDER witholding manual ventilation in any spontaneously breathing patient; instead IN ALL CASES where adult patients require high concentration oxygen, use high concentration/low flow masks with a hydrophobic submicron filter. Therefore, you are correct, you should not utilize a BVM despite the 02 saturation levels as this increases the risk of aerosolization of the virus to the Paramedics. Additionally, patients with COVID-19 may not respond to oxygen therapy, and therefore their 02 saturation levels may not increase.