The recommendation will continue to be SpO2 > 90%. However, if the patient has other signs of respiratory distress, supplemental oxygen should be continued. The decision for supplemental oxygen and hospitalization should not be made solely on oxygen saturation but on other important factors, such as work of breathing, respiratory rate, exhaustion, anemia, etc. (NAEP-EPR-3, 2007).
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NAEP-EPR-3. (2007). Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma. Bethesda MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.