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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.

    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

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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