Shortness of breath is a subjective symptom relating to breathing discomfort. There may be a psychosocial component to shortness of breath. For the specific management of someone with anxiety associated with shortness of breath, refer to anxiety and emotional distress.
If shortness of breath present administer opioid PRN dose
Assess effectiveness of administered medicine and continue administering opioids as required
- Review patient regularly
- If greater than 3 doses of any PRN medicine are required over a 24 hour period, review and consider changes to medication and syringe driver orders
- Check availability of medicines through the patient’s usual pharmacy
The medicines listed throughout this app are in line with those endorsed by Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) within the Community End-of-Life Medication List (61kb pdf).
Page updated 22 May 2017