Respiratory  |  COPD Pathway - Severe COPD


COPD Pathway - Severe COPD


  • Breathlessness on minimal exertion
  • Daily activities severely reduced
  • Quality of life impaired
  • Regular, acute exacerbations which may be life-threatening



  • Management as for mild and moderate COPD
  • Investigations also to include: sputum testing if frequent infective exacerbations, arterial blood gas if O2-saturation < 92%
  • Bi-annual review
  • Pre-plan for severe exacerbations
  • Advanced directives

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

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