1 hour 30 minutes
Foundation doctors,Medical students
Hospital presentations: Breathlessness
An interactive case based module for medical trainees covering differential diagnosis, assessment, investigation and initial emergency treatment of patients with breathlessness.
After completing this module, you should have the knowledge and confidence to:
- Consider the differential diagnosis of breathlessness and diagnose the most common cardiorespiratory causes in people presenting in a hospital setting
- Distinguish stridor from wheeze and know the causes for each
- Recognise hyperventilation and breathing pattern disorder (dysfunctional breathing)
- Describe the difference between orthopnoea and paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnoea
- Outline indications for, request and interpret initial investigations in people with breathlessness
- Consider the role of CT chest, CT pulmonary angiography, and spirometry in the investigation of people with breathlessness
- Start initial treatment, including safe emergency oxygen therapy, for people with common conditions presenting with breathlessness in an acute hospital setting.
NICE published a new guideline on the assessment and management of venous thromboembolism on 30 March 2020. Please note that this module has not yet been updated with these guidelines.
Alert! Consider coronavirus disease 2019 in any patient with symptoms including cough, fever, dyspnoea, myalgia, and fatigue; take infection control precautions and follow local guidelines. This module has not been updated to include specific information on COVID-19.
Tom Buttle, Burhan Khan, Filip Zemrak
Peer reviewed by:
Abdallah Al-Mohammad, William Ricketts
22 Jan 2020
22 Jan 2020
|BMJ Learning||1.5 credits, 1:30 hours||BMJ Learning has assigned one and a half hours of credit to this module.|