Irish Thoracic Society Guidelines

The Irish Thoracic Society COVID-19 sub-group has developed the following Guidelines for Managing Respiratory Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  These guidelines have been developed based on expert respiratory advice, consultation with specialty and professional groups, national and international best practice and with reference to HSE and HPSC guidance relating to Infection Prevention and Control.  These guidelines will be updated as required contingent on substantial change in the extent of community viral transmission. These guidelines do not supersede clinical judgement and should be tailored to local conditions, clinical context and available resources.

The Irish Thoracic Society COVID-19 sub-group was established in March 2020 to develop guidance for the management of respiratory care during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  It is made up of senior respiratory clinicians  who are members of the Irish Thoracic Society, with broad regional, sub-specialty and institutional representation and external/stakeholder input as required.

Guideline for Managing Respiratory Care: SARS COVID-19 V2 January 2021

Addendums to Guidelines for Managing Respiratory Care:


Guidance for the Clinical Management of COVID-19 in COPD and Asthma V5 14.04.2020

ISS ITS Sleep Guidelines V4 21.09.2020

Irish Thoracic Society Bronchoscopy Statement – V1.1 14.05.2020

Guidance for Safe Bronchoscopy Unit Operations in Pandemic Conditions – V2.1 03.02.2021

IPC Pulmonary Function Testing V1.2 09.10.2020


Other Respiratory Guidelines:

Guidance on the use of oxygen in long term residential care settings for older people during COVID-19

ISCP Guide for Rehabilitation of inpatients with COVID 19 V1 1 02-06-2020

A Guide to Post COVID-19 Rehabilitation ISCP August 2021


March 2021

ITS Pulmonary Nodule Patient Information Leaflet

March 2020

ITS Pulmonary Fibrosis Position Statement

August 2018

Irish Guidelines on the Administration of Oxygen Therapy in the Acute Clinical Setting in Adults 2017

November 2017

Guidelines for Use of Nebuliser Systems in the Home Environment

January 2017

Irish Guidelines on Long Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT) in Adults 2015

November 2015

ITS Position Statement on the Treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

November 2012

Adult Emergency Asthma Guidelines

Published by the National Asthma Programme

January 2012

Irish Thoracic Society Lung Cancer Guidelines

Published by the Irish Thoracic Society Lung Cancer Sub-committee

February 2010

National Respiratory (COPD) Framework

Draft – developed by the Irish Thoracic Society, the Irish College of General Practitioners and the HSE – 2008

Interstitial Lung Disease Guideline

Published by the British Thoracic Society in collaboration with the Irish Thoracic Society and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand 2008

Spirometry: Performance and Interpretation

Published by the Irish Thoracic Society 2005