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Table 7 Oxygen provision quality indicators

From: Introducing the national COPD resources and outcomes project

INDICATOR 'Met in Full'
There is a Long Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT) assessment service. 75% 74/99
There is screening in clinic of all patients with COPD to detect SaO2 <92%. 71% 70/99
The LTOT assessment includes optimising oxygen flow to achieve a PaO2 of 8 kPa or greater using arterial blood gases. 87% 84/97
The LTOT assessment uses a concentrator machine as the oxygen source. 59% 58/98
For patients prescribed LTOT, follow-up arrangements are made as recommended by the BTS guidelines for home oxygen provision 57% 56/98
There is a healthcare professional contact available to deal with queries from patients and carers concerning their oxygen therapy 82% 81/99
Ambulatory oxygen is provided by the department for suitable patients. 51% 50/98
There is screening for suitability for ambulatory oxygen, including SaO2 measurement, before referral for assessment. 48% 47/98
For patient's prescribed ambulatory oxygen, follow-up arrangements are made as recommended by the BTS guidelines for home oxygen provision. 44% 41/94
All patients receiving ambulatory oxygen receive education on how to use oxygen outside of the home. 58% 55/95
Written information is provided to all patients receiving oxygen. 66% 65/98
All hospital based oxygen prescriptions are routed through the Respiratory Department. 58% 57/98
Short Burst Oxygen is provided by the department to suitable patients. 73% 72/98
Patients are assessed for suitability before receiving Short Burst Oxygen. 54% 52/96
Regular audits of oxygen prescribing are carried out. 43% 42/98
  1. Percentage of the 100 NCROP sites providing oxygen in 2007 that said they 'met in full' these indicators (denominator = number of hospitals returning data)