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NIV guidelines
  1. C D Shee,
  2. M Green
  1. Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, Kent DA14 6LT, UK

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We congratulate the British Thoracic Society (BTS) Standards of Care Committee on their excellent guidelines on non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in acute respiratory failure.1 The guidelines are timely in that many district general hospitals (DGH) are setting up an NIV service. If our DGH experience is typical, others may be surprised how quickly NIV takes off. Our DGH serves a catchment area of about 200 000 people …

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