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Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Blue and Breathless Patient

I'm currently (meant to be) writing about about the causes and treatment of blue discolouration and breathlessness in a critically ill patient.

A few weeks ago, Closer had a radio advert which promised the magazine would tell you why Brad Pitt had cold feet.

I haven't read the article in question, but I can only imagine that Pitt's cold feet resulted from peripheral cyanosis. Oxygen therapy should be prescribed and, depending on the cause of the hypoxaemia, I think a target oxygen saturation of 90-100% would be reasonable.

Bleep me if there's a problem.

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