Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

The amazing Medicine SpR Dr Charley Peal talks us through Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Guidelines used are the NICE Guidelines CG101 and BTS 2016 Guidelines.

Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria for Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) (from BTS):

You can also check out our podcast on the management of stable COPD here.

And here is the Take Visually for this episode:

Community Acquired Pneumonia

Don't CURB your enthusiasm (get it?) for more #FOAMed brilliance as our favourite Respiratory SpR Dr Harry Pick came down to the pod to talk about Community Acquired Pneumonia.

Harry kindly gave us his Powerpoint on Community Acquired Pneumonia.  Click either side of the images to scroll through them.

And here is our Take Visually for this podcast:

As mentioned by Harry here is the Pneumonia Trust website.

BTS Pneumonia guidelines are here and here are the NICE guidelines.  

Here is the CURB 65 severity score for Pneumonia.

For information on Sepsis check out the podcasts for Sepsis and the NICE guidelines.

Pulmonary Embolism

In this bumper podcast Dr Harry Pick, Respiratory Registrar and Research Fellow extraordinaire came down to talk us through pulmonary embolism (PE).  

He discusses the personal and setting based risk factors for pulmonary embolus including the risk scores used in diagnosis: Well's, PERC and the simplified PESI.

There is a talk through of when (and more importantly when NOT) to use D Dimer as a blood test and the key question of radiation exposure - CTPA vs V/Q scan.  

For more information on the Radiological findings related to PE here is the Radiopaedia page.

Here is the Take Visually for pulmonary embolism: