Acute Oxygen Therapy: 'Swimming Between the Flags'

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Lecture Overview

In this lecture, respiratory nurse practitioner John Serginson discusses the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Position Statement on Acute Oxygen Use in Adults, which introduces the concept of 'swimming between the flags'. Includes information on avoiding hypoxaemia and hyperoxaemia, prescription/assessment/titration, managing patient expectations, O2 equipment and more.


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John Serginson has been a nurse practitioner in respiratory care at the Caboolture Hospital since 2010. He completed his nurse practitioner master's degree at the University of Queensland (UQ) with clinical training at The Prince Charles Hospital, and is an adjunct lecturer in the UQ School of Nursing and Midwifery. With 33 years’ experience as a nurse (over 20 in respiratory care), his research interests include domiciliary oxygen, inhaled therapy and COPD models of care.
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First Published16 July 2023
Updated16 July 2023
16 July 2025
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