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GPs should reduce antibiotic prescribing for COPD, says NICE


COPD "rescue packs" are a short course of antibiotics and oral steroids which help COPD patients with moderately severe attacks/exacerbations. For milder attacks higher dose of salbutamol via a spacer will often suffice with increased fluid intake. Self management and training is the key - and patient self management plans e.g. from BLF can be a big help. Locally in East Kent we follow a traffic light system to distinguish mild/moderate/severe attacks. One must remember that upto 50% of severe attacks needing admission can have pneumonia as per Hospital data we have locally.

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10 Jul 2018

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