Treatment of patient with severe shortness of breath

Important things to know:

  • Assess and treat for bronchospastic and coughing components.
  • Assess and treat for fluid overload/edematous components.
  • Assess and treat for anxiety.

Hypoxia directed interventions:

  • Cooler room temperature, fan use.
  • Behavioral measures: Yoga, relaxation techniques, and breathing control.
  • Posture position—upright.
  • Possible drug treatment: Opiods, Benzodiazepines
  • Oxygen supplementation if possible.
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Version 1. February 1, 2019