Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Author: Katie Manning / Editor: Jason Kendall / Reviewer: Grace McKay, Jon Bailey /  Codes: A2Published: 14/11/2022

This session will cover how to diagnose, assess and manage a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

After completing this session you will be able to:

  • Specify the pathophysiology of COPD
  • State how a diagnosis of COPD is made
  • Assess a patient with COPD presenting to the emergency department with increased breathlessness
  • Recall how to safely manage a patient with an exacerbation of COPD in the emergency department
  • List the factors which may determine whether the patient requires admission or may be safely discharged home
  • Acute exacerbation of COPD


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