BTS Guideline for oxygen use in healthcare and emergency settings

The 2017 guidance is based on new evidence about how effective prescribing and delivery of emergency oxygen for patients can both improve health and save lives.

Read the BTS press statement.

Quality Improvement

The 2015 emergency oxygen audit report provides information about how far the NHS has progressed in implementing recommendations from the BTS emergency oxygen guideline, but also highlights where further action is needed. Visit our Oxygen Quality Improvement page for further information. 

Oxygen Alert Cards

A template for local production of oxygen alert cards can be downloaded here.

Declarations of Interest

BTS Guideline Group members adhere to the BTS Policy for Working with the Biomedical Industry and complete an annual declaration of interest form during the period that the Guideline Group is active. The BTS Policy document are both available here.

Copies of the Declarations for guideline group members are available on request from BTS Head Office.

October 2017 

Current Guidelines

Title Publication Date Description Status
BTS Guideline for oxygen use in adults in healthcare and emergency settings 2017-05 May May 2017

The BTS Guideline for oxygen use in adults in healthcare and emergency settings - published May 2017.

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Web Appendix 1 Search strategy 2017-05 May May 2017

Details of the guideline search strategy.

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Web Appendix 2 Evidence table 2017-05 May May 2017

BTS Guideline for oxygen use in adults (2017) evidence tables.

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Web Appendix 3 Summary of guideline for hospital use 2017-05 May May 2017

Summary of guideline for hospital use.

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Web Appendix 5 Summary for ambulance and prehospital settings 2017-05 May May 2017

Guideline summary for use in ambulances, community and prehospital settings.

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Web Appendix 6 Patient information 2017-05 May May 2017

Patient information leaflet.

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Web Appendix 9 Key points for hospital managers 2017-05 May May 2017

Key points for hospital managers and oxygen champions.

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Web Appendix 10 Key points for primary care 2017-05 May May 2017

Key points for primary care.

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Web Appendix 11 Dissemination and implementation 2017-05 May May 2017

Information on dissemination and implementation of the guideline.

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Web appendix 7 Slide set for doctors 2017-05 May May 2017

Teaching slides for doctors.

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Web Appendix 8 Slide set for nurses and AHPs 2017-04 April April 2017

Slide set for nurses and AHPs

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Oxygen Alert Card template 2017 2017-05 May May 2017

Template for oxygen alert card

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Web Appendix 4 Local oxygen policy template 2017-05 May May 2017

Template for local oxygen policy

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