Home Health & Hospice

How is dyspnea scored for patients on oxygen?

Homecare Insider, May 23, 2016

If the patient is on oxygen continuously, assessment of the patient should be with the oxygen in place. If the oxygen is used intermittently (no matter what was ordered), the patient should be assessed without the oxygen. Assessment of the patient with intermittent O2 at night for positional dyspnea or orthopnea (breathlessness in the recumbent position) should be assessed without the O2 and should be answered 4, At rest during day or night. A patient identified as 0, no dyspnea at start of care or resumption of care, is excluded from statistical sampling.