Suara.com – Happy Hypoxia was later said to be one of the symptoms experienced by Covid-19 patients. This is as widely reported in Bengkayang, West Kalimantan.
But what is the definition of happy hypoxia? Reporting from Medical News Today, hypoxemia or also known as happy hypoxia is a condition where the partial pressure of oxygen in the blood decreases. When blood oxygen levels begin to decrease, a person may experience shortness of breath, also called dyspnea.
If blood oxygen levels continue to drop, organs can die, and the problem becomes life -threatening.
As is well known, Covid-19 is basically a respiratory disease, and severe cases can reduce the amount of oxygen that the lungs can absorb. Blood oxygen levels have been found to be very low in some Covid-19 patients.
As reported in various media sources, including Science, people who experience happy hypoxia despite low blood oxygen levels, some patients appear to function without serious problems or even shortness of breath.
According to the study’s authors, the condition was “deeply baffling to physicians and considered to be contrary to basic biology.”
The study’s lead author, Dr. Martin J. Tobin — a professor of pulmonary medicine and critical care at Loyola University Medical Center, in Maywood, IL — notes that “In some cases, patients feel comfortable and use the phone at the point when the doctor will insert a breathing tube. [endotrakeal] and connecting patients to mechanical ventilators, which, while potentially lifesaving, carries its own set of risks.”
To understand why this is the case, Dr. Tobin and colleagues first conducted an informal survey of 58 health care workers who asked whether they had ever had a case of silent hypoxemia, or happy hypoxia. The team received 22 responses with useful data.
After analyzing the data, the authors conclude that many cases of silent hypoxemia or happy hypoxia can be explained through conventional respiratory science.
For example, health care providers usually first measure oxygen levels with a pulse oximeter. Dr. Tobin points out that “while the pulse oximeter is very accurate when the oxygen reading is high, it greatly overestimates the severity of the oxygen when the reading is low.”
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