Field trial of oxygen concentrators in upper Egypt

Lancet. 1996 Jun 8;347(9015):1597-9. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(96)91080-6.


Technical problems in developing countries often require more than just technological solutions. Many small hospitals in rural areas are without a reliable oxygen supply; small oxygen concentrators offer a solution, but simply sending out machines is ineffective. This account details the setting up and first year's operation of a project to test oxygen concentrations in a developing country. A co-ordinated strategy has been developed to include machines, supplies, education, training, and feedback. Initial results are encouraging, and support the idea that suitably installed and maintained concentrations can have a valuable role in bringing oxygen therapy to patients and hospitals in countries which have so far been denied it.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesiology / instrumentation*
  • Developing Countries*
  • Egypt
  • Equipment and Supplies, Hospital
  • Humans
  • Oxygen Inhalation Therapy / instrumentation*
  • World Health Organization