Respiratory  |  COPD Pathway - Acute Exacerbation Management




Respiratory

COPD Pathway - Acute Exacerbation Management

Acute exacerbations:

  • May be triggered by a respiratory tract infection or a concurrent illness.
  • Occur more frequently as the disease progresses.
  • If frequent, accelerate a decline in lung function, further impair quality of life, restrict daily activities, and aggravate deconditioning.

    Note:
    Early detection and management of acute exacerbations may prevent progressive decline and reduce hospital admissions. It is important to educate patient, carers, and family about early detection.


Intervention options:

  • Action Plan a supply of prednisone and/or antibiotics may be appropriate.
  • General practice management.
  • COPD-X Acute unexpected admission.
  • Follow up after one week - this may be funded through.


Western Bay of Plenty:

  • Care Plus - Funding for people who have to visit a GP or nurse more frequently due to a chronic condition or terminal illness.
  • Visit the Care Plus website for more information, or contact your PHO.
  • Review medications and inhaler technique.
  • Review action plan.
  • If appropriate this follow up may include annual review.

 

Eastern Bay of Plenty

Te Whiringa Ora office:
1st Floor, Concordia House, 17 Pyne Street, Whakatane
P O Box 545, Whakatane 3120
Phone: 07 308 5104
Fax:  07 308 5103
Email: two.office@healthcarenz.co.nz

If appropriate this follow up may include annual review.
Patient Information



Last updated : Friday, August 21, 2015
Next review date : Saturday, August 20,2016


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