BTS/ICS guidelines for the ventilatory management of acute hypercapnic respiratory failure in adults

NICE Accredited

British Thoracic Society - BTS
British Thoracic Society (BTS)
Publication date:
14 March 2016


The aim of the guideline is to draw attention to the evidence of suboptimal care in acute hypercapnic respiratory failure (AHRF) in the UK, provide an overview of the evidence supporting the use of invasive and non-invasive ventilation, encourage better communication between admitting clinicians and critical care services, promote the use of AHRF patient pathways, and improve resourcing, training, outcomes and patient experience for all adults who develop AHRF.