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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
30th October 2018
Oxygen supplementation should be used conservatively

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Supplemental oxygen is not always indicated for acutely ill patients and giving extra oxygen to hospital patients with normal oxygen levels increases mortality, according to new recommendations published online October 24, 2018 in the BMJ, which recommends conservative use of oxygen supplementation.

• The expert panel makes a strong recommendation that if supplemental oxygen is administered, a maximum SpO2 of 96% should be ensured. Oxygen therapy should be stopped y in acutely ill medical and surgical patients already receiving oxygen therapy, with a saturation of 96% or higher.

• For patients with acute stroke or myocardial infarction, the guidelines recommend against starting oxygen therapy when levels are between 90% and 92% saturation. more

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Zika Update: Zika virus detected in Gujarat

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Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 30th October 2018

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IV iron in high doses non-inferior to low doses in patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis

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Air pollution levels exacerbate in the capital once again
Children and expectant mothers at increased risk
New Delhi, 29th October 2018: As per a recent report called the State of Global Air 2018, pollution kills 1.1 million people in India and air pollutants are responsible for about 10.6% of all deaths in the country. Air pollution is the new tobacco and simply breathing is responsible for about 7 million people a year and harming another billion. An estimated 91% of the world’s population is exposed to air pollution, which is the world’s biggest environmental health risk, causing 4.2 million deaths from poor outdoor air and 3.8 million from household exposure from dirty cookstoves each year.

Air pollution is responsible not only for various respiratory diseases but also deaths from stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, lung infections, and trachea, bronchus and lung cancers. For children, the risk begins in the womb and continues through the newborn and early childhood period.

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