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July 1987

Home Oxygen Therapy in the Newborn: Costs and Parental Acceptance

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From the Department of Newborn Medicine, Rose Medical Center, Denver.

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(7):766-768. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460070068027

• To assess the cost of and parental response to home oxygen therapy in the newborn, a telephone survey was conducted of 34 families of infants discharged from our intensive care nursery along with supplemental oxygen therapy. Mean birth weight was 1988 g and gestatlonal age was 33 weeks. The mean length of time oxygen was required at home was 74 days. Savings were estimated for each infant and were found to average $33370. The typical problems encountered by these families are described. Despite the Inconveniences involved, 94% of these families stated they would again take a baby home while oxygen dependent if necessary.

(AJDC 1987;141:766-768)

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