Canterbury created clear, clinically developed guidelines to help ambulance technicians identify the most appropriate site of care for COPD patients. At the heart of this process is the COPD Blue Card Action Plan, a laminated blue card that contains all the necessary information technicians might need to assess the patient. Technicians are trained to use the card, the guidelines, and the different pathways that exist, depending on the patient’s condition. It also helps technicians communicate the treatment decision.
A similar blue card is also given to the patients themselves, outlining both the processes they are about to undergo in the hospital and post-discharge advice.