Carbon dioxide levels do not predict duration of home oxygen requirement: A retrospective study

Suresh Victor, Ben Shaw

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    Abstract

    Knowing how long an infant with chronic lung disease (CLD) might require oxygen is a useful tool for counseling parents. We aimed to determine if carbon dioxide levels (PCO2) measured near term in newborn infants with CLD still requiring low flow oxygen would be useful in predicting their duration of oxygen requirement. A retrospective study was conducted on infants with CLD discharged from the neonatal unit on home oxygen treatment. The PCO2 levels of 64 infants measured by capillary gas after 34 weeks corrected gestation was correlated with duration of home oxygen requirement. We have shown that PCO2 levels measured near to term on a capillary gas sample in infants with chronic lung disease correlate with length of oxygen dependency (r=0.55; p
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)333-335
    Number of pages2
    JournalJournal of Perinatal Medicine
    Volume30
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

    Keywords

    • Carbon dioxide
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Infant
    • Newborn
    • Oxygen therapy

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