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Doctors warned silent hypoxemia patients

GOA: Even as patients continue to reach hospital late, resulting in high Covid-19 mortality, doctors have warned of silent hypoxemia, a phenomenon in which a patient doesn’t appear breathless or uneasy despite blood oxygen saturation dropping. “That’s why it’s called silent or happy hypoxemia, because patients tend to feel completely fine and healthy initially although their oxygen saturation levels are falling dangerously low,” said Goa Medical College’s (GMC) head of pulmonary medicine, Dr Durga Lawande.

“Since patients don’t experience any symptoms of oxygen saturation dropping, they tend to take it lightly and stay at home.” She said that the very fact that oxygen levels are dropping means the lungs are involved. “This is a panic sign, and patients must immediately seek advice from a doctor and get admitted to a hospital,” she said.

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