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Impact of new home oxygen service on respiratory units
  1. J K Quint,
  2. L Ward,
  3. M Monaghan,
  4. S O Ansari,
  5. K G Lingam,
  6. A G Davison
  1. Southend Associate University Hospital Foundation Trust, Southend, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr A G Davison
    Consultant Respiratory Physician, Southend Associate University Hospital, Southend SS0 0RY, UK;adavison{at}southend.nhs.uk

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Long term oxygen therapy (LTOT) is recommended in guidelines on COPD1,2 and in other conditions with chronic hypoxia.3 Previous studies have shown that supplemental oxygen in patients with COPD improves exercise capacity.4 In February 2006 the provision of home oxygen therapy in England and Wales changed significantly to include the prescription of ambulatory oxygen for the first time. The British Thoracic Society (BTS) Working Group on Home Oxygen Services has produced guidelines providing recommendations on how assessments for LTOT, ambulatory oxygen, and follow up of patients should be performed.5 Estimates are given for the amount of time the assessments will take. We have used this guideline to establish the number of individuals in our district referred for LTOT and meeting grade 1 (low activity mainly housebound) or grade 2 (active and leave the house regularly) …

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