Journal article

Response to oxygen therapy using oxygen concentrators run off solar power in children with respiratory distress in remote primary health facilities in Papua New Guinea

Francis Pulsan, Trevor Duke

Tropical Doctor | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2020


Oxygen therapy reduces mortality and morbidity from hypoxaemia in children. There are no published studies assessing individual patient responses to oxygen when delivered by oxygen concentrators in primary healthcare facilities.Ours was a prospective observational study in remote health facilities over three years. A data recording form was used for children who required oxygen. Oxygen saturation (SpO2) was recorded before administration of oxygen, at 30 min and then daily. We assessed the primary diagnosis and the outcome.The common primary diagnoses needing oxygen were pneumonia: moderate (39%) and severe (37%). The median SpO2 before administration of oxygen in 913 patients was 80% (inter..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors received the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Murdoch Research Institute. The funders were independent from the conduct and outcome of this study.