Diagnosis / Symptomatology Evaluation Management Options Referral Guidelines Problems include:
These general symptoms may include 1. Where there is concern Specific treatments depend on the any and/or all of the general or specific regarding diagnosis, ? Airways disease specific problems identified, as noted problems noted. A thorough history investigation and/or treatment. ? Extra thoracic / neurological below. and physical examination is required to 2. Persistent problem, not conditions
determine the specific diagnosis. controlled by current therapy. ? Infection 3. Please state if patient initiated ? Miscellaneous (See below) referral. ? Neoplasia 4. Please indicate perceived ? Parenchymal Category as per prioritisation ? Pleural disease criteria. ? Vascular If Category 1, referral to be made by
telephone, Email or fax.
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? Should be considered in anyone ? Maintenance treatment: postural 1. Bronchiectasis All patients with suspected with chronic or recurrent purulent drainage/sputum clearing
Bronchiectasis should be referred to sputum. Quantitate phlegm techniques are the cornerstone of
respiratory physician for baseline production when well and when ill long term management (to be
assessment. If severe : refer for referred to physiotherapist for ? Past history of severe respiratory
admissions. education but not before CT scan). infection usually in childhood eg.
Whooping cough. ? Long term antibiotics should be
discussed with Respiratory ? Assess for asthma
Physician. ? Spirometry with reversibility
? Fluvax and Pneumovax. ? Chest X-ray
? Treatment of non-infective airways ? HRCT Lungs, but not during an
disease i.e. co-existing COPD and exacerbation
asthma should be considered. See ? FBC, ESR below. ? Immunoglobulins plus IgG ? Management of acute infective subfractions exacerbations eg. Acute bronchitis, ? Sputum culture when patient pneumonia otherwise well and with ? Management in the community: exacerbations antibiotics preferably post sputum ? Assess for sinus disease culture/sensitivity. See Australian ? Assess for cor pulmonale Antibiotic Guidelines.
? Manage co-existent acute / chronic
Severe: For Admission: Category 1 (Note: National Asthma Campaign 2. Asthma literature and Thoracic Society of ? High flow oxygen, IV/oral steroids, ? Acute moderate asthma not Australia & New Zealand guidelines) nebulised beta agonists. Transfer responding to GP management.
to ED by ambulance. ? Acute severe asthma (via ? Breathlessness, tightness, ? Consider Adrenaline 200 ambulance) eg coexistent
wheezing and cough. micrograms SC (=2ml 1:10,000 or pneumothorax or pneumonia, ? Recognition of severity 0.2ml 1:1,000) silent chest, cardiovascular
compromise, altered ? Spirometry
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? Asthma with intercurrent disease