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Emergency care model cuts death rates from chronic lung disease

Admitting patients with chronic lung disease directly into respiratory specialist care from the emergency department could save lives across the NHS, as one hospital is demonstrating

Admitting patients with chronic lung disease directly into respiratory specialist care from the emergency department could save lives across the NHS, as one hospital is demonstrating

Death rates from chronic lung disease are being slashed at an emergency care hospital in Northumbria due to an innovative model that sees patients admitted directly into respiratory specialist care from an emergency department.

Research at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital showed a substantial fall in death rates of patients admitted with an acute deterioration of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), both in hospital and 30 days after discharge.

Combining both periods, mortality fell from 18.1% to 10.4% for those who required ventilation, and from 6.2% to 4.3% for those who did not.

‘Wider adoption of these standards across the NHS will save lives’

Stephen Bourke, consultant in

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