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British Thoracic Society Quality Standards for acute non-invasive ventilation in adults
  1. Michael Davies1,
  2. Martin Allen2,
  3. Andrew Bentley3,
  4. Stephen C Bourke4,
  5. Ben Creagh-Brown5,6,
  6. Rachel D’Oliveiro7,
  7. Alastair Glossop8,
  8. Alasdair Gray9,
  9. Phillip Jacobs10,
  10. Ravi Mahadeva11,
  11. Rachael Moses12 and
  12. Ian Setchfield13
  1. 1 Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2 University Hospitals of North Midlands, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
  3. 3 Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK
  4. 4 North Tyneside General Hospital, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, North Shields, UK
  5. 5 Intensive Care, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford, UK
  6. 6 Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
  7. 7 Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, UK
  8. 8 Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  9. 9 Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  10. 10 Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  11. 11 Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge NIHR BRC, UK
  12. 12 Royal Preston Hospital, Preston, UK
  13. 13 East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Margate, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr. Michael Davies; michael.davies10{at}


Introduction The purpose of the quality standards document is to provide healthcare professionals, commissioners, service providers and patients with a guide to standards of care that should be met for the provision of acute non-invasive ventilation in adults together with measurable markers of good practice.

Methods Development of British Thoracic Society (BTS) Quality Standards follows the BTS process of quality standard production based on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence process manual for the development of quality standards.

Results 6 quality statements have been developed, each describing a standard of care for the provision of acute non-invasive ventilation in the UK, together with measurable markers of good practice.

Conclusion BTS Quality Standards for acute non-invasive ventilation in adults form a key part of the range of supporting materials that the Society produces to assist in the dissemination and implementation of guideline’s recommendations.

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  • Contributors MD was the lead author responsible for the overall editing and production of the document. All authors were responsible for the final approval of the document.

  • Funding This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests The British Thoracic Society operates a Declaration of Interest scheme, and it was a requirement that all members of the development group completed a Declaration of Interest form on an annual basis for the duration of the project. Forms were submitted annually by all authors and are available on request from BTS Head Office.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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