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O’Driscoll B R, Howard L S, Davison A G on behalf of the British Thoracic Society. BTS guideline for emergency oxygen use in adult patients. Thorax 2008; 63(Suppl 6):vi1–vi68.

The Guideline Development Group regret that no advice was offered for the management of status epilepticus. As this is a life-threatening condition where a patient may suffer from cerebral hypoxia (and oximetry may not be possible), patients with status epilepticus should be treated in accordance with table 1 (reservoir mask until clinically stabilised). This advice also applies to other rare conditions that may cause life-threatening hypoxaemia that are not listed specifically in table 1.

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