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  1. News Article
    The UK has the highest death rate for lung conditions in western Europe, research reveals, prompting calls from health leaders for urgent action to tackle the “national scandal”. More than 100,000 people in the UK die from conditions including asthma attacks, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia every year, according to data analysis by the charity Asthma and Lung UK. Across Europe, only Turkey has a higher respiratory death rate than the UK, analysis of data up to 2018 shows. It described the UK figures as “shameful”, and said that lung conditions had for too long been treated like the “poor relation compared with other major illnesses like cancer and heart disease”. Even before the pandemic, significant numbers of lung patients were not receiving “basic care” from their GP services such as medicine checks and help using their inhalers, the charity said. Over the past two years, the health of thousands more has deteriorated while they waited for respiratory care, and diagnosis rates have fallen. Katy Brown, 64, a retired nursery nurse from Bristol, who was diagnosed with COPD in February 2021, said she was shocked by the lack of medical support she has received, and the poor general awareness of her condition. “I spent two years struggling to breathe and with constant chest infections, before I finally got a diagnosis of COPD,” she said. “Even now, over a year after my diagnosis, I’m still waiting for a test that will show how bad my condition is, and further treatment. “There is a lack of awareness about how serious lung conditions are and how terrifying it is to struggle to breathe. It’s like having an elephant sitting on your chest. If I’d been diagnosed with another serious condition like a heart problem, I believe my treatment and the way I was dealt with would have been completely different.” Read full story Source: The Guardian, 28 February 2022
  2. Content Article
    This report from the National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP) offers a view of the care of people with asthma and COPD in England and Wales, and is informed by 103,194 case records submitted to the audit programme. It is the first report to combine data on asthma, COPD and pulmonary rehabilitation across primary and secondary care services to underpin key messages, optimising respiratory care across the pathway.
  3. News Article
    More than a million people in the UK have experienced life-threatening asthma attacks after cutting back on medicine, heating or food amid the soaring cost of living crisis, a survey suggests. One in five (20%) people living with asthma in the UK – of which there are 5.4 million – have had an attack as a result of changes they have been forced to make due to rising energy, food and household bills, according to the research by Asthma + Lung UK. Fuel poverty campaigners described the figures as “distressing”. Almost half of the 3,600 people with lung conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchiectasis surveyed by the charity said their health had worsened since the crisis began. Asthma + Lung UK warned there could be a “tidal wave” of hospital admissions in the next few months as cold weather, an abundance of viruses and people cutting back on medicines, heating, food and electricity put them at increased risk. Sarah Woolnough, the charity’s chief executive, said: “Untenable cost of living hikes are forcing people with lung conditions to make impossible choices about their health. “Warm homes, regular medicine and a healthy diet are all important pillars to good lung condition management – but they all come at a cost. We are hearing from people already reporting a sharp decline in their lung health, including many having life-threatening asthma attacks. Read full story Source: The Guardian, 28 September 2022
  4. Content Article
    This report from the National Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Audit Programme (NACAP) shows what happened after people were admitted to hospital with an asthma attack or COPD exacerbation between 2018 and 2020. The data show that many people are being readmitted to hospital within three months of going home and that some, particularly with COPD, are dying within three months of their exacerbation.
  5. News Article
    Inpatient mortality among people receiving non-invasive ventilation (NIV) has decreased for the first time since 2010, falling from 34% in 2013 to 26% in 2019, figures released by the British Thoracic Society show. The annual National Adult Non-Invasive Ventilation audit, which began in 2010, reported “substantial improvements in processes of care and patient outcomes” in 2019 when compared with previous years. “Some improvement in overall mortality may be attributed to improved patient selection,” it said. “Mortality outcomes were lower for each diagnostic category, and most notably for patients with COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease] and obesity-related respiratory failure.” Read full story (paywalled) Source: BMJ, 10 July 2020
  6. News Article
    Four in ten people are not seeking help from their GP because they are afraid to be a burden on the NHS during the pandemic, polling by NHS England reveals. The findings – from a survey of 1,000 people – are the latest in a wave of evidence that fewer people are seeking care for illnesses other than those related to coronavirus during the pandemic. GP online reported on 20 April that data collected by the RCGP showed a 25% reduction in routine clinical activity in general practice, and figures from Public Health England (PHE) and the British Heart Foundation show that A&E attendances overall and patients going to hospital for heart attacks are down 50%. Warnings that patients' reluctance to come forward could put them at risk come as leading charities warned that suspension of some routine GP services during the pandemic could also lead to a 'future crisis' if control of conditions such as asthma and COPD deteriorate. Professor Carrie MacEwen, chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, said: 'We are very concerned that patients may not be accessing the NHS for care because they either don’t want to be a burden or because they are fearful about catching the virus. 'Everyone should know that the NHS is still open for business and it is vitally important that if people have serious conditions or concerns they seek help. This campaign is an important step in ensuring that people are encouraged to get the care they need when they need it.' Read full story Source: GP online, 25 April 2020
  7. Content Article
    This study in Jama Network Open examines the health outcomes of patients who were hospitalised with COVID-19 in two Wuhan hospitals between February and April 2020. The authors found that: 45 percent of patients reported at least one symptom one year after hospitalisation the most common symptoms that patients reported were fatigue, sweating, chest tightness, anxiety and muscle pain patients who experienced severe disease during hospitalisation were more likely to experience more symptoms of long-COVID one year on patients who experienced severe disease were likely to have higher chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) assessment test scores that patients with less severe disease.
  8. Content Article
    Core20PLUS5 is a national NHS England and NHS Improvement approach to support the reduction of health inequalities at both national and system level. The approach defines a target population cohort – the ‘Core20PLUS’ – and identifies ‘5’ focus clinical areas requiring accelerated improvement. Supporting information about Core20PLUS5
  9. Content Article
    This report summarises the findings of an evaluation conducted by Health Innovation East and Health Innovation Manchester on behalf of the national Innovation Collaborative for digital health. It presents findings from an evaluation of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) virtual ward that falls within a virtual hospital managed by South and West Hertfordshire Health and Care Partnership. It aims to inform the potential wider adoption of the virtual ward model across the UK and understand the model’s potential to support people with other health conditions. It also considers the success of South and West Hertfordshire Health and Care Partnership Virtual Ward objectives to improve patient care, clinical outcomes, healthcare utilisation, and patient and staff satisfaction. 
  10. Content Article
    This report from Asthma + Lung UK highlights that lung diseases such as COPD, asthma and pneumonia are the third leading cause of death in England, whilst the UK as a whole has the worst death rate from lung disease in Europe. Hospital admissions for lung diseases have doubled in the last 20 years and lack of proper testing for lung diseases is having an impact on patient safety, as GPs have to "guess" diagnoses. The report highlights three areas where policy changes should be implemented in order to improve care for people affected, reduce pressure on services and deliver massive savings for the NHS: Diagnosing lung disease early and accurately  Keeping people healthy and out of hospital Providing treatments that work
  11. News Article
    To lower hospital readmission rates for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), UB pharmacy researcher David Jacobs has received a $962,000 award from the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to develop a real-time readmission risk-prediction algorithm. Through a five-year Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, Jacobs will combine social information with rich clinical data to build predictive models that will be integrated into patient-centric interventions and tested in clinical practices. If successful, the research will help clinicians provide individualized treatment at the transition from hospital to home for COPD patients, who experience high rates of early hospital readmission, says Jacobs. “Each year, 7.8 million hospital-discharged patients are readmitted, costing the United States $17 billion,” says Jacobs, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “High readmission rates are linked to several quality-of-care and patient-safety factors, such as medication-related problems, inaccurate information transfer, and lack of care coordination with primary care,” he says. “Our focus will be to apply innovative informatic techniques to the development of risk prediction models for hospital readmissions that ultimately personalizes care management interventions.” Read full story Source: UBNow, 21 May 2021
  12. Content Article
    This article tells the story of Mr K, who died following a misdiagnosis of tension pneumothorax. Mr K was 81 and had a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bullous emphysema. He had been diagnosed with a bulla, a large air pocket, in his right lung. The medical team treating Mr K after his admission to hospital with shortness of breath failed to review his previous x-ray and medical notes, and did not involve the respiratory team in his treatment. This led to his misdiagnosis, after which he was fitted with an unnecessary chest drain. The drain collapsed the bulla and ruptured a blood vessel leading to progressive bleeding. The medical team did not recognise their error or Mr K's bleeding and he died two days following the insertion of the drain. At his inquest, the Coroner found that the unnecessary chest drain led to Mr K's death, and that there was a missed opportunity to reassess the situation at a review the next day. They ordered that a prevention of future death report be made as the evidence heard at the inquest revealed a number of matters that gave rise to concern.
  13. Content Article
    Paul McGinness, chief executive, Lenus Health, presents new evidence showing how a digital service model can reduce respiratory-related hospital admissions and enable care at home.
  14. Content Article
    UCL Partners have developed a series of proactive care frameworks to restore routine care by prioritising patients at highest risk of deterioration, with pathways that mobilise the wider workforce and digital/tech, to optimise remote care and self-care, while reducing GP workload. The frameworks include atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, asthma and COPD.
  15. Content Article
    This document from the British Thoracic Society provides a list of resources that are available free of charge and can be used by people with chronic lung disease (and pulmonary rehabilitation professionals) while face-to-face pulmonary rehabilitation is not possible. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  16. Content Article
    This document from the British Thoracic Society is intended to be used as a resource for pulmonary rehabilitation healthcare professionals conducting assessments remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  17. Content Article
    People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at increased risk from coronavirus. Patient Safety Collaboratives are temporarily pausing their work to actively promote the COPD discharge bundle, however they will remain available to provide any support that organisations require. There are more updates and resources for COPD via this webpage.
  18. Content Article
    The British Thoracic Society have drawn together the following links to information for patients with lung disease and COVID-19. These include: asthma  cystic fibrosis  mesothelioma  pulmonary fibrosis  sarcoidosis UK  travel advice for patients  tuberculosis  lung cancer
  19. Content Article
    This document from the British Thoracic Society links to updated guidance in the treatment of COPD patients and COVID-19.
  20. Content Article
    This page, created by the British Thoracic Society, contains information, guidance and resources to support the respiratory community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  21. Content Article
    The overarching objective of the national Adoption and Spread Safety Improvement Programme (A&S-SIP) is to identify and support the spread and adoption of effective and safe evidence-based interventions and practice. Each of the four objectives of this programme intend to make medical procedures, and discharges from acute settings, as safe as possible whilst driving forward innovation within healthcare. Learn how the programme is being delivered locally by the West of England Patient Safety Collaborative.
  22. Content Article
    A rapid-learning report on the role of Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) during the pandemic has been published by the AHSN Network. PSCs are just one part of the health and care system which responded quickly to the immediate crisis from COVID-19 in March. They reprioritised their day-to-day work and took on new programmes at speed, such as promoting safer tracheostomy care. The report has been published as part of the NHS Reset campaign and gives examples of how PSCs refocused their work ‘almost overnight’ to respond to the pandemic. It illustrates some of the creative ways AHSNs supported their local systems and how this experience will be built into future patient safety programmes.
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