Southend Hospital’s a national oxygen exemplar
11 July 2017
Southend University Hospital has played a pivotal role in putting together national recognised guidelines for the safe prescription of oxygen in an updated publication for The British Thoracic Society (BTS), the UK’s professional body of respiratory specialists.
The updated British Thoracic Society (BTS) Guideline for Oxygen
Use in Adults in Healthcare and Emergency Settings is based on new
evidence about how effective prescribing and delivery of emergency
oxygen for patients can both improve health and save lives.
Southend's local oxygen policy is highlighted in the back of the
guideline as an example to follow.
Lisa Ward, Lead Respiratory Nurse said: "People aren't aware
that oxygen can be harmful if it's prescribed incorrectly, for
example if people receive too much oxygen it can be harmful."
Dr Duncan Powrie, Consultant Respiratory Physician, said: "We've
been very closely involved in the development of a national
guideline to ensure the safety of patients being given prescribed
oxygen. We are a real vanguard and the Trust has been at the
forefront of its creation that will have a positive impact for
patients here and across the UK."
The respiratory team have been real champions of the guidelines,
developing a lot of the tools that help staff nationally to deliver
prescribed oxygen safely, many which were trialled at Southend
Image: l-r Dr Duncan Powrie, Consultant
Respiratory Physician, and Lisa Ward, Lead Respiratory Nurse