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  1. Thomas Standley,
  2. Robert Ross-Russell,
  3. Samir Latifi
  1. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Samir Latifi, PICU Box 7, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK; samir.latifi{at}addenbrookes.nhs.uk

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  • Competing interests TS has received one fee for speaking at a British Oxygen Company sponsored conference. TS is the recipient of an Inspire Award Research Grant, given by Linde Gas Therapeutics.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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