December 2001
Thorax;Dec2001 Supp, Vol. 56, piii6
Academic Journal
This article presents various studies related to the use of oxygen in lung diseases. The Royal College of Physicians guidelines for oxygen therapy included guidelines for ambulatory oxygen. However, the use of ambulatory oxygen is not universal within Great Britain. To assess its use and that of the guidelines, a questionnaire was sent to all Great Britain chest physicians. The provision of ambulatory oxygen within Great Britain is poor, with the lack of funding a major limiting factor. Current British Thoracic Society guidelines suggest that arterial blood gasses should be measured in patients with oxygen saturations of less than 93%, to guide rational use of oxygen therapy.


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