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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in over 16s: diagnosis and management [NG115]

Measuring the use of this guidance

Recommendation: 1.2.4

Unless contraindicated, offer nicotine replacement therapy, varenicline or bupropion as appropriate to people who want to stop smoking, combined with an appropriate support programme to optimise smoking quit rates for people with COPD. [2010]

What was measured: Proportion of current smokers who were prescribed, or offered but declined, smoking cessation pharmacotherapy during an admission for an acute exacerbation of COPD.
Data collection end: September 2018
68.1%
Number that met the criteria: 15750 / 23125
Area covered: England and Wales
Source: Royal College of Physicians. National COPD Audit Programme: secondary care


Recommendation: 1.3.28

If necessary, prescribe oxygen to keep the oxygen saturation of arterial blood (SaO2) within the individualised target range. [2010]

What was measured: Proportion of patients who required oxygen who were prescribed it.
Data collection end: September 2018
72.7%
Number that met the criteria: 41596 / 57235
Area covered: England and Wales
Source: Royal College of Physicians. National COPD Audit Programme: secondary care


Recommendation: 1.3.47

Make arrangements for follow‑up and home care (such as visiting nurse, oxygen delivery or referral for other support) before discharge. [2004]

What was measured: Proportion of patients discharged after an acute exacerbation of COPD without any follow-up arrangements apparent.
Data collection end: September 2018
15.7%
Number that met the criteria: 10878 / 69276
Area covered: England and Wales
Source: Royal College of Physicians. National COPD Audit Programme: secondary care



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