Oxygen therapy, to help ease breathing
and reduce the amount of work on the heart. A
pulse oximeter often is used to measure the amount of
oxygen in the blood. Also, if people are too sick to breathe on their
own, they may need a machine called a
Suctioning, to remove
mucus from the bronchial tubes. A small plastic tube
is inserted into the mouth or nose. The tube is attached to a machine that
gently sucks out mucus. Other treatments, such as breathing exercises and
massage, also can be used to remove mucus.
Liquids given through a
vein (intravenous, or IV). Sometimes people are too sick to drink
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December 08, 2010
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