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chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, emphysema, high-flow oxygen, low-flow oxygen, nasal cannula, non-rebreather mask



  1. Tasota, Frederick J. MSN, RN
  2. Kress, Terri L. MSN, RN, CEN
  3. Conlin, Tiffany L. MSN, RN, CMSRN
  4. Scarmack, Natalie M. MSN, RN, CCRN


Abstract: There may be some confusion regarding the use of supplemental oxygen in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are experiencing acute respiratory distress. This article addresses a common nursing misconception regarding the use of high-flow oxygen administration via non-rebreather masks instead of low-flow oxygen administration via nasal cannulas in patients with COPD who are in acute respiratory distress, an issue that was investigated in a simulation education exercise and survey of the nursing staff at the authors' facility.