With any patient suffering from shortness of breath, a quick assessment and a way of monitoring the effects of the treatment given is essential. Often we are reliant on gaining a thorough history to assist in our assessment and to determine the severity and stability of our patients, but with the patient who is short of breath answering simple questions can sometimes be a challenge too great. For these patients, requesting them to carry out a peak expiratory flowrate test (especially prior to any treatment) can also prove quite troublesome.
The Modified Borg Dyspnoea Scale is utilised to provide rapid and easy information about the patient’s level of dyspnoea, with patients being able to quickly rate their dyspnoea on a scale from 0-10. This scale has been found to significantly correlate with peak expiratory flow rate tests in both the pre- and post-treatment phase. This makes the Modified Borg Dyspnoea Scale an invaluable and reliable tool both in determining the initial severity and to gauge the effectiveness of any treatment.
St John WA