Inappropriate use of oxygen : loss of a valuable healthcare resource.
Oxygen (O2) use is well established in hospitalized patients with hypoxemia.
However, its value in patients without hypoxemia is not well documented.
The authors conducted a retrospective study to evaluate the excess use of Oz and the resulting loss of resources.
They established criteria for O2 use by faculty consensus.
Ninety-six patients (102 admissions) receiving O2 between August and October 1991 were identified.
Principal discharge diagnoses included cardiac diseases (37%), pulmonary diseases (26.5%), and miscellaneous (36.5%). Cumulative oxygen use was 9,742 hours.
Appropriate O2 amounted to 3,272 hours (34%), and inappropriate O2 use was 6,470 hours (66%). The billing for O2 use was $38,468, of which $25,880 constituted inappropriate use.
Mots-clés Pascal : Hypoxémie, Traitement, Oxygène, Oxygénothérapie, Soin santé primaire, Prescription médicale, Homme, Economie santé, Coût
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hypoxemia, Treatment, Oxygen, Oxygenotherapy, Primary health care, Medical prescription, Human, Health economy, Costs
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0154072
Code Inist : 002B27B02. Création : 09/06/1995.