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Every UK hospital should have a respiratory support unit, say doctors

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n466 (Published 17 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n466
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Doctors from the British Thoracic Society are calling for the NHS to officially recognise, roll out, and fund respiratory support units across the UK.

Arrangements that resemble respiratory support units have emerged during the covid-19 pandemic to care for patients outside critical care units and are increasingly recognised as a way to deliver enhanced respiratory support to people with severe lung disease.

These units are designed to be based in respiratory wards and staffed by specialists in all aspects of acute respiratory care, in particular non-invasive ventilation. They should have access to dedicated space …

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