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Key Results:
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.

These guidelines do not establish a standard of care to be followed in every case. It is recognized that each case is different and those individuals involved in providing health care are expected to use their judgment in determining what is in the best interests of the patient based on the circumstances existing at the time. It is impossible to anticipate all possible situations that may exist and to prepare guidelines for each. Accordingly these guidelines should guide care with the understanding that departures from them may be required at times.