BERNARD E. LEVINE, M.D.; D. BOYD BIGELOW, M.D.; ROGER D. HAMSTRA, M.D.; HENRY J. BECKWITT, M.D.; ROGER S. MITCHELL, M.D., F.A.C.P.; LOUISE M. NETT, R.N.; THERESA A. STEPHEN, B.S.; THOMAS L. PETTY, M.D.
Oxygen is a valuable therapeutic tool for patients with chronic airway obstruction with hypoxemia. The applications of oxygen in acute respiratory decompensation (1-3) and as an adjunct to exercise therapy (4, 5) recently have been stressed. Furthermore, oxygen has been shown to lower pulmonary arterial resistance when administered at cardiac catheterization (6, 7).
In planning a rehabilitation program for the hypoxemic patient with chronic lung disease the use of continuous oxygen would seem a reasonable therapeutic approach. No data are available, however, on the effects of continuous oxygen therapy upon pulmonary function, pulmonary circulatory dynamics, and hematopoiesis. This study was
LEVINE BE, BIGELOW DB, HAMSTRA RD, BECKWITT HJ, MITCHELL RS, NETT LM, et al. The Role of Long-term Continuous Oxygen Administration in Patients with Chronic Airway Obstruction with Hypoxemia. Ann Intern Med. ;66:639–650. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-66-4-639
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(4):639-650.
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