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Revista americana de medicina respiratoria

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GIL, Beatriz L et al. Oxigenoterapia Crónica Domiciliaria en el Noroeste Argentino, situación actual y propuestas de solución. Rev. am. med. respir. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.3, pp.229-240. ISSN 1852-236X.

Introduction: Chronic Domiciliary Oxygen Therapy (OCD) is a therapeutic modality with beneficial effects known and supported by scientifc evidence in patients with chronic respiratory failure in stable condition. In our area there are controversies related to their "misuse" perhaps attributable to the lack of an updated regulatory framework and a national registration system, as was recommended by the Argentine consensus of OCD. It was performed a diagnosis of the current situation in Northwest Argentina (NOA)-AAMR Region to develop concrete future proposals. Material and Methods: A descriptive research was carried out in the NOA Region. The reference population was determined by the three sectors involved in the provision of OCD: pulmonologists in the region, the main suppliers of medical oxygen and the three health subsystems. Surveys and interviews especially designed were applied. Results: 65 pulmonologists of NOA responded (71% of the overall of specialists in NOA): 91% prescribed OCD, with an average of 11 patients per professional. Respiratory failure due to COPD was the most common indication of oxygen therapy. 54% believe that the equipment awarded to the patient does not conform to that prescribe. In one of the provinces, not pulmonologists physicians were authorized to prescribing OCD. Representatives of oxygen suppliers responded working under the ANMAT regulations and national legislation. Data of 52 Social Work and Private Medicine and also information of three system of state management were obtained. Health subsystems coverage is uneven and reported not having database. All agreed on the need to unify regulations and propose a single regulatory framework. Conclusion: The diagnosis of the situation on the prescription and delivery of oxygen therapy in the NOA notes the lack of a regulatory framework in Argentina that covers all aspects of OCD. Existing regulations are not sufficient for the proper use of the OCD and the implementations of the recommendations of the Argentine consensus were not expected. The working group developed proposals as updating the National OCD Consensus, the creation of a National Registration System and the construction of a "legal instrument" to support oxygen treatment, all measures aimed at a more equitable distribution of expenses Health.

Keywords : Chronic home oxygen therapy; Regulatory framework; Northwest.

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