Management Of COPD

It’s always the greatest when mnemonics match the thing they’re relating to.

Even if it does involve a couple of extra Ps.

COPPPPD

Inhaled Corticosteroids if FEV1>50% with 2+ exacerbations/year and a short course of systemic corticosteroids for severe exacerbations

Home Oxygen and oxygen during exacerbations to maintain SpO2 at 88-92%

Prevention with smoking cessation and immunisations against influenza and pneumococcus

Physical activity

Pulmonary rehabilitation

Penicillin, meaning amoxycillin or the non-penicillin doxycycline for severe exacerbations

Inhaled bronchoDilators

References

  1. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In: eTG complete [Internet]. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited (eTG July 2018 edition); 2015 Mar.
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