Acute Shortness of Breath



  • Evaluate patients immediately for signs of clinical instability, e.g. stridor, tachypnoea or altered consciousness.

  • The aim of oxygen therapy is to maintain SaO2 94–98 % although a target SaO2 88–92 % may be appropriate for a patient with COPD.

  • PEFR measurement is a valid assessment of airway calibre and should be compared to best or predicted in known asthmatic patients.


Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Acute Lower Respiratory Tract Infection Spontaneous Primary Pneumothorax Eosinophilic Pneumonia Chlamydophila Pneumoniae 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seema O. Brij
    • 1
  • Paul Bambrough
    • 2
  • D. Vijayasankar
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Respiratory MedicinePeterborough City HospitalPeterboroughUK
  2. 2.Department of Cardiology Peterborough City HospitalPeterboroughUK
  3. 3.Department of Emergency MedicinePeterborough City HospitalPeterboroughUK

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