What is the best way to create oxygen supplies for my clinic?

Supplemental oxygen is vital to the care of moderately and severely ill COVID patients.

Guidelines from the WHO and the Society for Critical Care Medicine suggest when to begin oxygen supplementation and what to aim for in treatment.

Oxygen supply equipment is complicated and requires careful attention to supply availability/logistics, infection control, training, and backup plans, but meeting oxygen needs in many resource-limited settings may be feasible. Ventilators are specialty equipment and appropriate for use in hospitals, but supplementary oxygen is useful in health centers and even for patients at home. WHO provides clear guidance on planning oxygen supplies for COVID-19 patients.

Any type of oxygen delivery requires a power source, the right equipment, and procedures for keeping track of supplies, cleaning and discarding used items. Many ideas about setting up oxygen supply have appeared online of various degrees of reliability, usefulness, and practicality. Our team is looking at those online resources and has found a few that we feel are the most reliable and practical. Other online resources we found are also listed below.


The power supply for any oxygen delivery should be reliable and facilities should make sure they have enough masks and tubing.


These are the TOP resources that our team found

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OTHER RESOURCES

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Sources Searched: WHO research database, PubMed, Embase, CDC website, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (India), Google, and references from relevant sources

Search Terms: oxygen supplies, supplemental oxygen, respiratory care, guidelines

Research on coronavirus and COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. This page reflects evidence collected up to May 29, 2020.


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