Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Informal consultation on clinical use of oxygen

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 17
Publication date: 2004
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/FCH/CAH/04.12



Acute respiratory infections (ARI) cause more than two million deaths per year in children less than five years old and many of these deaths are associated with hypoxaemia. Oxygen therapy is life saving for many children, but oxygen is often not available. WHO convened this meeting to discuss issues associated with oxygen therapy, and to start work on a manual giving guidance for improved oxygen therapy in small hospitals. This meeting report summarises the issues discussed, and provides a research agenda of further research needed in this area.