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Med J Aust. 1998 Jan 5;168(1):21-5.

Adult domiciliary oxygen therapy. Position statement of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand.

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Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW.


Evidence shows that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and a stable daytime PaO2 of 55 mm Hg or less will have longer life expectancy if given supplemental oxygen to keep the PaO2 above 60 mm Hg, preferably for longer than 15 hours a day, including sleep. There is some evidence for improved quality of life. It is reasonable to offer this therapy for other lung diseases which cause chronic hypoxaemia, and there are also less well defined indications for supplemental oxygen during exercise, sleep and air travel.

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