• EL2

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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Contributors:

 Tom Buttle,  Burhan Khan, Filip Zemrak

Peer reviewed by:

 Abdallah Al-Mohammad, William Ricketts

Last updated

22 Jan 2020

Release date

22 Jan 2020

Accreditation

Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
BMJ Learning 1.5 credits, 1:30 hours BMJ Learning has assigned one and a half hours of credit to this module.
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