Pathway for Covid-19 Positives/Suspected with Respiratory Failure

A note on patients with COPD

Many patients with COPD do not have sats of 88-92% but do in fact have normal sats, so do not assume that the patient with low sats who has COPD represents a patient with ‘normal’ sats for them. They may be severely unwell. If in doubt, do an ABG or admit.