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oxygen levels.

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69 oxygen levels.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 3 years ago.
The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

Hi there,
This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Please elaborate your question.
What exactly you want to know?
What is your diagnosis?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

There is really nothing more to be said here than call 911 right now.

There is nothing you can do at home for this

something is seriously wrong...COPD, heart failure, etc

call 911 now
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 3 years ago.
I have a different answer than the above assessment.

We know nothing about you, hence the first expert asked for clarification.

First of all, is this a percent saturation measurement or a PO2?

Is this on a pulse oximeter or was this a blood gas result.?

If you have chronic COPD and this measurement was a PO2, then this is not a bad value.

A % sat of 69, if accurate would indicate a serious situation even if you do have COPD.

So, the answer so far is that it depends on the situation.

If you have COPD or other chronic lung disease, and this was a blood gas PO2 result...probably not an emergency. And what are your symptoms? That is important as well.

If this was a percent sat measurement and you have no symptoms, then the reading was likely faulty.

If the reading was not faulty, go to the ER.
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