X3.5 Develop post-discharge plan and follow-up
The aim is to relieve hypoxaemia and obtain improvement in clinical signs and symptoms.
- Clinical examination: Reduction in wheeze, accessory muscle use, respiratory rate, distress.
- Gas exchange: Arterial blood gas levels and/or pulse oximetry levels should be monitored until the patient’s condition is stable (SpO2 88%–92%).
- Respiratory function testing: FEV1 should be recorded in all patients after recovery from an acute exacerbation.
- Discharge planning: Discharge planning should be commenced within 24–48 hours of admission.
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COPD-X Plan - Version 2.34 - November 2012