British Thoracic Society guidelines for home oxygen use in adults

Maxine Hardinge, Joe Annandale, Simon Bourne, Brendan G Cooper, Angela Evans, Daryl Freeman, Angela Green, Sabine Hippolyte, Vikki Knowles, William MacNee, Lynn McDonnell, Kathy Pye, Jay Suntharalingam, Vandana Vora, Tom Wilkinson

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The British Thoracic Society (BTS) Home Oxygen Guideline provides detailed evidence-based guidance for the use of home oxygen for patients out of hospital. Although the majority of evidence comes from the use of oxygen in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the scope of the guidance includes patients with a variety of long-term respiratory illnesses and other
groups in whom oxygen is currently ordered, such as those with cardiac failure, cancer and end-stage cardiorespiratory disease, terminal illness or cluster
headache. It explores the evidence base for the use of different modalities of oxygen therapy and patient-related outcomes such as mortality, symptoms and
quality of life. The guideline also makes recommendations for assessment and follow-up protocols, and risk assessments, particularly in the clinically challenging area of home oxygen users who smoke. The guideline development group is aware of the potential for confusion sometimes caused by the current
nomenclature for different types of home oxygen, and rather than renaming them, has adopted the approach of clarifying those definitions, and in particular
emphasising what is meant by long-term oxygen therapy and palliative oxygen therapy. The home oxygen guideline provides expert consensus opinion in areas
where clinical evidence is lacking, and seeks to deliver improved prescribing practice, leading to improved compliance and improved patient outcomes, with
consequent increased value to the health service.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)i1-43
Number of pages30
Issue numberSuppl 1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

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