Avoiding hospital admission in COPD: impact of a specialist nursing team

Cox, Karen and Macleod, Susan C. and Sim, Caroline J. and Jones, Arwel J. and Trueman, Jacqui (2017) Avoiding hospital admission in COPD: impact of a specialist nursing team. British Journal of Nursing, 26 (3). pp. 152-158. ISSN 0966-0461

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Abstract

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common, preventable and incurable disease. The costs of caring for patients with COPD is estimated to be more than £800 million a year for acute hospital admissions alone (Department of Health, 2012). The hospital-at-home model is increasingly being adopted for COPD patients following British Thoracic Society (BTS) guidelines for the delivery of hospital admission-avoidance schemes (BTS, 2007). The aim of this case-note review was to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a specialist nurse-led acute respiratory assessment service working with COPD patients in the community. The review recorded patient flow through the service and documented assessments and treatments. It was able to document potential benefits and cost savings.

Keywords:Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Cost-benefit analysis, Chronic disease, Specialist nurses
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B770 Medical Nursing
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B700 Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Institute of Health
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Deposited On:03 Mar 2017 15:09

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