COPD Pathway - Acute Exacerbation Management
- 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.
- 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
If appropriate this follow up may include annual review.
Last updated : Friday, August 21, 2015
Next review date : Saturday, August 20,2016
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