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Thoracic ultrasound recognition of competence: A position paper of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand

Position paper published January 2017.

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Physiotherapy for Cystic Fibrosis

Guidelines published April 2016.

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Oxygen is a drug

Guidelines published October 2015.

The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) have released new guidelines on the acute use of oxygen in adults. These guidelines call to formalise the use of oxygen as a drug that is rationally and precisely prescribed.

Evidence on the clinical use of short-term oxygen has been analysed and interpreted by the region’s peak professional respiratory body, the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. The newly published guidelines, dubbed “Swimming between the flags”, recommend aiming for patient oxygen saturation in the range of 92–96% for acute medical conditions, rather than the current practise of high flow oxygen for all. The emphasis is on heeding changes in the levels of oxygen saturation, not for their own sake, but as a reflection of the underlying condition.

Thoracic Society President Professor Peter Gibson said “More is not better when it comes to delivering oxygen to ill or distressed patients. These guidelines are evidence based best practice and should be utilised by all health care professionals who use oxygen therapy with patients.

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Letter to stakeholders