Advances in Ambulatory Oxygen Workshop and Long-Term Oxygen Therapy in Real-Life Practice

The practical workshop took place on Sunday 27th September 2015 and the symposium took place on Monday 28th September 2015, as part of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2015 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Practical Workshop
Chairperson: Enrico Clini1
Speakers: Enrico Clini,1 Daniel Veale,2 Joao Carlos Winck3

Mini Symposium
Chairperson: Jean-François Muir4
Speakers: Mike Kampelmacher,5 Isabelle Vivodtzev,6 Stuart Little7

1. University of Modena, Reggio Emilia, Italy
2. Dieulefit Santé, Dieulefit, France
3. Porto University, Porto, Portugal
4. Rouen University Hospital, Rouen, France
5. University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
6. Grenoble University Hospital, Grenoble, France
7. NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries, UK

Disclosure: Enrico Clini, Daniel Veale, Isabelle Vivodtzev, and Joao Carlos Winck have no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose. Jean-François Muir, Mike Kampelmacher, and Stuart Little received support from Invacare to attend the ERS conference and symposium.
Acknowledgements: Writing assistance was provided by Dr Lucy Smithers, ApotheCom.
Support: The publication of this article was funded by Invacare. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily of Invacare.
Citation: EMJ Respir. 2015;3(2):63-70.

Meeting Summary

The practical workshop presented recent advances in the field of ambulatory oxygen (AO), with experts discussing identification of patients who would benefit from AO, as well as current trials to measure specific benefits of AO in chronic patients. In particular, AO prescription in clinical practice and developments in pulsed-dose delivery of AO as a more efficient method of oxygen delivery were extensively discussed. After audience questions, the attendees had the opportunity to handle the AO systems on display in order to gain greater insight into their functionality and wearability, which should assist them in providing the most appropriate device for each patient.

The symposium addressed considerations required when prescribing long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT). Dr Kampelmacher reviewed current indications for LTOT, emphasising the importance of accurate assessment of patients for LTOT, optimisation of oxygen dose, and patient education. Dr Vivodtzev discussed the evidence for LTOT in patients with exercise-induced desaturation, the role of portable oxygen concentrators, and the optimisation necessary to benefit from their use. The symposium concluded with a health economic study presented by Dr Little, demonstrating the cost benefits of a reform of the Scottish healthcare oxygen supply service.

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