Oxygen Encyclopedia

The OCC Encyclopedia contains articles written by OCC editors and partners. Soon users will be able to find answers to everything you want to know about oxygen and respiratory care in this open-access, peer-reviewed encyclopedia. Articles allow users to adjust the article 'level' to match their desired level of detail and each article guides users to the most relevant resources from our resource library. We are just starting to build this tool so please check back soon.


Oxygen PSA Plant Graphic

Overview of oxygen sources

An overview of the most common oxygen supply types for medical use.

Oxygen quantification & forecasting

This article reviews key concepts for quantifying oxygen supply or demand, and when forecasting potential oxygen needs.

Oxygen connector types found around the world including hose male and wall plate female connector shapes - Puritan Bennett, JIS, BS5682, DIN, Swedish, AFNOR, British, French, German, Japanese, Swedish standards

Overview of oxygen connector types

This article summarizes the most common types of connectors needed to connect an oxygen delivery device to any oxygen source.

Adult patient with oxygen delivery devices including nasal cannula or prongs, facemask, facemask with reservoir, air entrainment venturi mask, high flow nasal cannula and non invasive positive pressure mask

Overview of oxygen delivery devices

An overview of oxygen delivery devices, including indications and operation.

illustration of functional and fractional oxygen saturation showing oxyhemoglobin, deoxyhemoglobin, met-hemoglobin and carboxyhemoglobin

Oxygen levels, hypoxemia & O2 terminology

This article reviews terminology commonly used when describing the physiology of oxygenation.

Patient ventilator synchrony

There are three main forms of interaction between the patient and ventilator, each of may be problematic and managed differently.

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