In preparing for 2012, we undertook a survey of current oxygen provision across London.Methods
A questionnaire was sent electronically (Survey Monkey) to 100 BTS Oxygen champions, oxygen leads in primary and secondary care, PCT prescribing advisors and community respiratory nurses around London.Results
From 60 returns the main findings were:Conclusions
Problems in healthcare coordination, public and patient safety and in removing oxygen once ordered were common. There is a need to integrate hospital and community teams and to prepare for safe mobilisation and contract management so that a quality home oxygen service can be provided in the future.