Got a match? Home oxygen therapy in current smokers

Lacasse, Y.; LaForge, J.; Maltais, F.
May 2006
Thorax;May2006, Vol. 61 Issue 5, p374
Academic Journal
The article discusses the problems of providing home oxygen therapy to active smokers. The proportion of reported deaths of patients who were oxygen dependent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is estimated to be 20 percent. Even if oxygen is not explosive, it accelerates combustion and is therefore a fire hazard. Only physicians can decide to withdraw home oxygen therapy and the only reason physicians may refuse therapy is the consideration of its effect to the patient's health and safety.


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