23 Mar The WHO publishes important manual on oxygen therapy in children
Hypoxaemia is a condition caused by many illnesses including pneumonia. It can easily be detected using pulse oximetry and is treatable via oxygen therapy. Having adequate training and technology for health workers to detect and treat hypoxaemia is critical to reduce child mortality. This especially important in low resource settings.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently put together a manual that, ” focuses on the availability and clinical use of oxygen therapy in children in health facilities by providing the practical aspects for health workers, biomedical engineers, and administrators. It addresses the need for appropriate detection of hypoxaemia, use of pulse oximetry, clinical use of oxygen and delivery systems and monitoring of patients on oxygen therapy. In addition, the manual addresses practical use of pulse oximetry, and oxygen concentrators and cylinders in an effort to improve oxygen systems worldwide.”
Click here to access the WHO report.