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Respiratory Disease in the NHS Operating Framework 2011/12



Do you agree with the new BTS home oxygen guidance that the 1st sampling for LTOT assessment should be a true arterial stab?

1. Yes: the inconvenience for the patient is outweighed by the fact that this will reduce prescribing home oxygen to a group of people who don’t meet the LTOT guidelines
37% (3 votes)
2. No: The CBG technique is much more patient friendly and the results obtained by capillary sampling are close enough not to make a material difference in a real life setting.
63% (5 votes)

Respiratory Disease in the NHS Operating Framework 2011/12

PCTs are told to work to deliver the 24 recomendations for care outlined in the COPD strategy consultation as part of their obligations under the 2011/12 NHS Operating Framework.

The NHS Operating Framework is a document that sets out the health and service priorities expected for the NHS in the coming year.


The 2011/12 Operating framework contains the following section about respiratory disease:


Respiratory disease


4.53 The 2010 public consultation on a Strategy for Services for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in England revealed strong consensus support for the 24 recommendations and PCTs are asked to continue the task of delivery.

Diagnosis of COPD is a particular problem with individuals often presenting late with disabling disease. If these patients were identified and managed effectively, the burden of those who progress to severe or very severe disease would be significantly reduced for the NHS as well as for patients and their carers.



Download the 2011/12 operating framework at http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/@ps/documents/digitalasset/dh_122736.pdf