Lesson Plan – Shortness of Breath (Induction)

Picture the scene…

A patient arrive in the Resus area of the ED. The consultant is busy with four Major Trauma patients in the other bays and asks you “Please can you see the new patient? Just make sure they don’t die”…

Learning Objective

To learn about the management of the patient with shortness of breath in the Emergency Department.

Task 1 – Read

Task 2 – Listen

Task 3 – Discuss

Task 4 – Summary

Task 5 – Reflect

References and Further Reading

  1. 1
    May N. An Introduction to the Breathless Patient in the ED. St Emlyns. 2014; published online Aug 3. https://www.stemlynsblog.org/induction-breathless/ (accessed June 6, 2020).
  2. 2
    Weingart S. EMCrit Podcast 1. EmCrit. 2009; published online April 25. https://emcrit.org/emcrit/scape/ (accessed June 6, 2020).
  3. 3
    Jones J. Spontaneous Pneumothorax. Radiopaedia. https://radiopaedia.org/cases/spontaneous-pneumothorax (accessed June 6, 2020).
  4. 4
    MacDuff A, Arnold A, Harvey J. Management of spontaneous pneumothorax: British Thoracic Society pleural disease guideline 2010. Thorax 2010; : ii18–31.