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Name of Media:

BTS/ICS guidelines for the ventilatory management of acute hypercapnic respiratory failure in adults


Craig Davidson, Steve Banham, Mark Elliott, Daniel Kennedy, Colin Gelder*, Alastair Glossop, Colin Church, Ben Creagh-Brown, James Dodd*, Tim Felton, Bernard Foëx, Leigh Mansfi eld, Lynn McDonnell, Robert Parker, Caroline Patterson*, Milind Sovani, Lynn Thomas

Publisher or Source:

British Thoracic Society (BTS)

Type of Media:

Medical Journal

Media Originally for:

Critical Care Physicians, Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom

Primary Focus of Media:

Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

COVID-19 Related:



The aim of the guideline is to draw attention to the evidence of sub-optimal care in acute hypercapnic respiratory failure (AHRF) in the UK, provide an overview of the evidence supporting the use of invasive and non-invasive ventilation, encourage better communication between admitting clinicians and critical care services, promote the use of AHRF patient pathways, and improve resourcing, training, outcomes and patient experience for all adults who develop AHRF.

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