Switching to telehealth: a masterclass in managing COPD
Respiratory care in focus
Fatima Holt RGN
RGN for the District Nurse Team Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust
According to the National COPD Audit 2004, the cost to the NHS of treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is £818m per annum.(1) There are on average 25,000 primary care consultations and 1,000 hospital admissions in a typical trust area, and over 30% of emergency admissions are readmitted to hospital within 90 days.