This section is from the "A Handbook of Useful Drugs" book, by State Medical Examining and Licensing Boards.
Properties : Compressed oxygen occurs as a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. slightly soluble in water and neutral to ordinary indicators. This gas is not inflammable, but supports combustion much more vigorously than does air.
Action and Uses : Compressed oxygen is administered for the purpose of relieving difficult respiration in cases of mechanical hindrance to the ingress of air to the lungs. It is also mixed with nitrogen monoxid as an anesthetic agent.