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Current management of retinopathy of prematurity in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Journaljournal of aapos1.339Date
2020 Jun 04
4 months ago
Type
Journal Article
Volume
2020-Jun-04 / :
Author
Lloyd T 1, Isenberg S 2, Lambert SR 3
Affiliation
  • 2. Department of Ophthalmology, Stein Eye Institute, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.
  • 3. Department of Ophthalmology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California. Electronic address: [email protected]
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Abstract
PURPOSE: To survey current oxygen management, screening criteria, and methods for treating retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in sub-Saharan Africa.
METHODS: An online survey was sent to ophthalmologists and neonatologists practicing in sub-Saharan Africa.
RESULTS: Ophthalmologists and neonatologists from 15 of 49 countries (31%) in sub-Saharan Africa responded. Neonatologists reported treating a median of 15 infants with supplemental oxygen per week but only had a median of 3.5 oxygen-measuring devices and a median of zero oxygen blenders in their units. Ophthalmologists reported screening a median of 5 infants per week for ROP and treating 2 infants each month for ROP. Most ophthalmologists (24/27 [89%]) had access to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor drugs to treat ROP, but only 13 of 27 (48%) had access to a laser.
CONCLUSIONS: Survey results reveal an urgent need for additional oxygen- management equipment in hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa.
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