Cooking and oxygen. An explosive recipe

Aust Fam Physician. 2001 Feb;30(2):138-40.


Background: Home oxygen therapy is commonly prescribed for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The risks of smoking while using this therapy have been well described.

Objective: To discuss the Royal Brisbane Hospital Burns Unit's experience and present case studies which illustrate the danger of alternative ignition sources while using home oxygen.

Discussion: The dangers of home oxygen therapy can be minimised by careful patient selection, education and ongoing monitoring.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Home*
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Cooking*
  • Explosions*
  • Humans
  • Oxygen Inhalation Therapy*
  • Smoking