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Audit, research and guideline update
Pleural procedures and patient safety: a national BTS audit of practice
  1. Clare E Hooper1,
  2. Sally A Welham2,
  3. Nick A Maskell3,
  4. on behalf of the British Thoracic Society
  1. 1Department of Respiratory Medicine, Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Worcester, UK
  2. 2British Thoracic Society, London, UK
  3. 3Academic Respiratory Unit, School of Clinical Science, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nick Maskell, Academic Respiratory Unit, School of Clinical Science, University of Bristol, Bristol BS10 5NB, UK; nick.maskell{at}, nickmaskell{at}


The BTS pleural procedures audit collected data over a 2-month period in June and July 2011. In contrast with the 2010 audit, which focussed simply on chest drain insertions, data on all pleural aspirations and local anaesthetic thoracoscopy (LAT) was also collected. Ninety hospitals submitted data, covering a patient population of 33 million. Twenty-one per cent of centres ran a specialist pleural disease clinic, 71% had a nominated chest drain safety lead, and 20% had thoracic surgery on site. Additionally, one-third of centres had a physician-led LAT service.

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