COPD Questionnaire

COPD Questionnaire (COPD010)

COPD Questionnaire (COPD010)

Acute exacerbation of COPD An exacerbation is a sustained worsening of the person's symptoms from their usual stable state, which is beyond normal day-to-day variations, and is acute in onset. Commonly reported symptoms are worsening breathlessness, cough, increased sputum production and change in sputum colour. Severity of exacerbation A general classification of the severity of an acute exacerbation is: • mild exacerbation: the person has an increased need for medication, which they can manage in their own normal environment • moderate exacerbation: the person has a sustained worsening of respiratory status that requires treatment with systemic corticosteroids and/or antibiotics • severe exacerbation: the person experiences a rapid deterioration in respiratory status that requires hospitalisation.
The MRC breathlessness scale is widely used to describe patient cohorts and stratify them for interventions such as pulmonary rehabilitation in COPD. Please see above Scale.
Pulmonary Rehab is designed for people diagnosed with a lung condition who are breathless. Your PR team will be made up of trained health care professionals such as physiotherapists, nurses and occupational therapists. A course of PR usually lasts 6 to 8 weeks, with 2 sessions of about 2 hours each week. You’ll be in a group of about 8-16 people. PR courses are held in local hospitals, community halls, leisure centres and health centres
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