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My mother has stage four bladder cancer. She has an oxygen

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My mother has stage four bladder cancer. She has an oxygen saturation of 83. Is this low? Is this an indication that she will die soon?
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Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and am ready to help.

yes, a pulse oxigenation of 83% is very low.

this is not an indication she will die, but it does show that she is not getting enough oxygen into her blood.

she needs to get on oxygen therapy if she is not on oxygen. if she is already on oxygen, she needs to increase the amount of oxgyen she is breathing in.

she also needs to get her hemoglobin levels checked. if she has anemia or low red blood cell count levels, this can make it hard to get oxygen into her blood.

does she have home oxygen set up?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

She is on hospice care and has been having blood in her urine for several weeks. The nurse thinks she is probably anemic and no home oxygen set up.

if she is anemic, she needs either a blood transfusion and home oxygen or both.

pulse ox of 83 can cause fatigue and low energy.

ask her hospice nurse to get her on oxygen and see if she can get a blood transfusion to help her energy level.
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