In July 2014, NHS Improving Quality (NHS IQ) launched a national pilot programme to improve speed and accuracy of diagnosis in patients experiencing the symptom of breathlessness. The breathlessness pilot was designed to also relate to the new models of care work referred to in the Five Year Forward View for the NHS.
BTS has developed an asthma care bundle, designed to be used primarily for patients discharged from accident and emergency/emergency departments following an acute asthma attack, but will also be suitable for use in admissions wards where circumstances permit. The bundle can be applied to both adults and children (from 2 years old), although special considerations may apply to children under 5 years of age.
A care bundle is a structured way of improving the process of care leading to an improvement in patient outcomes. It is a small, straightforward set of evidence-based clinical interventions or actions, which when performed reliably, improve patient outcomes.
BTS hopes that this new care bundle will be widely piloted and adopted. The bundle addresses a number of the issues identified by the National Review of Asthma Deaths, and it is hoped that the bundle as a whole will help patients to manage their asthma and reduce hospital admissions. BTS will continue to support quality improvement in this area and will update the 2016 BTS adult asthma audit to reflect the care bundle elements.
IMPRESS guide to breathlessness methodology definitions scope prevalence
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