Management of acute exacerbation of COPD – ICST

National Welsh Standard

Management of acute exacerbation of COPD

Inevitably, most patients presenting with an exacerbation of COPD will end up on antibiotics, but evidence suggests this doesn't need to be the case. The aim of this programme is to reduce overall antibiotic prescribing for patients presenting to primary care with a COPD exacerbation. Check out the All Wales guideline, TV show and tutorials on the management of acute exacerbations of COPD in practice. When you are ready, navigate to the assessment to achieve the certificate.

NICE Quality standards [QS10]:

  1. People receiving emergency oxygen for an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have their oxygen saturation levels maintained between 88% and 92%.
  2. People admitted to hospital for an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) start a pulmonary rehabilitation programme within 4 weeks of discharge.


Assessment of Severity

With or without Sputum Purulence?

Point of Care CRP Testing

Live event recording – Management of COPD Exacerbations


Beyond normal day-to-day variation

Self-Management Plans and Rescue Packs

When to admit to hospital


All-Wales Primary Care Management of Acute Exacerbations of COPD


Empowering Patients with COPD to access High Quality Care

In this publication by The Health Foundation, they set out a new model of patient engagement and education to help to foster more collaborative and sustainable improvements in Primary Care.

COPDhub: website

A free self management App developed by the experts from NHS Wales, to signpost your COPD patients


Management of Acute Exacerbation of COPD

45-minute case-based assessment

25 multiple choice questions

80% pass mark (20 out of 25)

Unlimited retakes

On successful completion, your certificate will appear under this tab.

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