The impact of an Air Nebuliser on Prehospital Oxygen Saturations in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

The aim of this study is to compare the prehospital oxygen saturations of patients suffering from exacerbations of COPD, both before the introduction of air nebulisers ad after that date. Oxygen saturations were recored prospectively from the ambulance report forms before and after the introduction of air nebulisers. Data from 200 patient records were analysed before the intervention and compared with that from 200 patient records collected afterwards. All oxygen saturation readings were included in the database, together with the treatment provided (air or oxygen without nebulisation, nebulisation with air, nebulisation with oxygen). The main inclusion criterian was documentation of COPD, CORD, emphysema or chronic bronchitis on the ambulance record. Patients recorded as suffering from asthma had their data collected separately for comparision.

University of Otago.

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Data analysis in progress.

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Dr Andy Swain or Mark Bailey

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