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Should You Use Antibiotics in a COPD Exacerbation? Case Study for Nurse Practitioners

Dec 02, 2019

Walking into an exam room and seeing the hunched over patient with labored breathing, audible wheezing, and oxygen tank can make you want to slowly walk out backwards as a new nurse practitioner -- it's intimidating!

You can do this.

A COPD exacerbation can look scary, but the management is fairly straight-forward. As is the choice of whether or not to prescribe antibiotics (and which ones!)

This week's case study is all about COPD exacerbation management:

  • How to know who should go to the ER
  • When to give antibiotics (and which ones, for how long)
  • The general management you should be doing in primary care as a PCP for someone with COPD

PLUS! Download the COPD Management Cheat Sheet that goes along with this video to keep at your desk, to assess severity, which meds to use, and what primary care patients need from you -- below this video.

(FYI: to slow down the audio speed, hit the gear symbol in the bottom right corner and change it to .75x or .5x. Closed captions are also located at the bottom R hand corner of the video).

Download your cheat sheet here.

Once you've watched, I'd love to hear from you.

What is one tip that you can take and apply to your practice to help with COPD management? I'd love to know!

Leave me a comment below. Be sure to share your thought directly in the comments, no links or videos as they may be removed.

Thanks so much for watching. Hang in there, and I'll see you soon.


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