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My dads oximeter reading...worried

Chatted to my dad tonight and he’s not been feeling good. Is very cold, tired and breathless. He has COPD and moderate heart failure. I asked him to check his levels on his oximeter, oxygen was 88, heart rate 56 which I think is prob a bit low? He has had AF before When in hospital. Normally his rate is around 67.

I’m worried I should be calling him and ambulance.

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MichaelJHHeart Star

Call 111. If they have any concerns an emergency ambulance will arrive faster than if you call one yourself. Hope it is nothing serious.

Call 111 for advice

in reply to bantam12

You have to be with the person for advice from 111 and I’m at home at the moment. I suspect my Dad will be on his way to bed now so I will call round in the morning that way I can contact 111 if need be. Thanks for replying

Do u know what his normal O2 saturation is with his COPD.

85% is classified as critical hypoxia at 88%he is very close. If he gets worse or having severe troubles breathing. Dial 999/112 tell them patient having trouble breathing.

Its actually slower to call 111 first!!!

Dialling 111delays getting help!!

in reply to BigT2013

His respiratory nurse is happy for his oxygen level to be at 88, he’s ideal is between 88-92. Thanks for replying

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BigT2013 in reply to

His he any better this morning? 🤔

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MichaelJHHeart Star in reply to BigT2013

Sadly there is a huge variation in response times around the UK. Hereabouts, 2 - 4 hours is not uncommon. Recently someone was told 2hrs+ but a policeman was in the area and after his intervention an ambulance was there in about 5 me minutes!

Call 111 they will kno if help is needed

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