[Home oxygen therapy in children with bronchopulmonary dysplasia]

Rev Chil Pediatr. Sep-Oct 1990;61(5):267-70.
[Article in Spanish]


Eight babies with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) were discharged from a private hospital at Santiago, Chile, on a program that provided oxygen therapy at home. Mean gestational age was 27 +/- 2 weeks and mean birth weight was 1,181 +/- 353 g. Discharge was decided after stabilization of arterial PO2 or O2 Sat, PCO2 less than 50 mmHg and adequate weight gain. Prior to discharge parents were trained in O2 administration and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Oxygen was given at home for a mean of 71 days (range 7 to 339). There were no complications secondary to oxygen therapy. At follow up in only two cases additional hospitalizations were needed, in both instances because of intercurrent respiratory infections. Weight gain between 3d and 50th percentile were seen in all cases. Oxygen therapy at home appears to be a good alternative in the treatment of infants with BPD, and it reduces significantly hospital stay and costs. Both optimal family conditions and adequate support at home are needed.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia / therapy*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Home Care Services*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Oxygen Inhalation Therapy*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Weight Gain