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Am J Dis Child. 1987 Jul;141(7):766-8.

Home oxygen therapy in the newborn. Costs and parental acceptance.


To assess the cost of and parental response to home oxygen therapy in the newborn, a telephone survey was conducted of 34 families of infants discharged from our intensive care nursery along with supplemental oxygen therapy. Mean birth weight was 1988 g and gestational age was 33 weeks. The mean length of time oxygen was required at home was 74 days. Savings were estimated for each infant and were found to average $33,370. The typical problems encountered by these families are described. Despite the inconveniences involved, 94% of these families stated they would again take a baby home while oxygen dependent if necessary.

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