A hazard of home oxygen therapy

T. T. Chang, C. A. Lipinski, H. F. Sherman

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Although it is generally safe, there are morbidities associated with home oxygen use. Experience in our burn unit led to an analysis of burn complications from this therapy. A retrospective review of records during a 12-year period identified 23 patients with burns associated with home oxygen use. Average age of the patients was 70 years, with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease the most prevalent indication for use. Concomitant cigarette smoking was the most common inciting mechanism of the burns (70%). Average burn size was 3.9% of total body surface area. Eleven patients presented in the first 10 years of the study period, whereas 12 presented in the last 2 years. We have seen a rise in injuries with the use of home oxygen. The absolute number of injuries sustained is unknown, because many are likely unreported. To decrease the morbidity and costs assodated with these injuries, the need for continuing safety education is apparent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-74
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • General Nursing
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • General Health Professions


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