Journal article

Improving Hospital Oxygen Systems for COVID-19 in Low-Resource Settings: Lessons From the Field

Hamish R Graham, Sheillah M Bagayana, Ayobami A Bakare, Bernard O Olayo, Stefan S Peterson, Trevor Duke, Adegoke G Falade

Global Health : Science and Practice Journal | JOHNS HOPKINS CENTER COMMUNICATION PROGRAMS-CCP | Published : 2020

Abstract

Oxygen therapy is an essential medicine and core component of effective hospital systems. However, many hospitals in low- and middle-income countries lack reliable oxygen access-a deficiency highlighted and exacerbated by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Oxygen access can be challenged by equipment that is low quality and poorly maintained, lack of clinical and technical training and protocols, and deficiencies in local infrastructure and policy environment. We share learnings from 2 decades of oxygen systems work with hospitals in Africa and the Asia-Pacific regions, highlighting practical actions that hospitals can take to immediately expand oxygen access. These include strateg..

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