Urgent Care Center and Symptomatic Care Clinic Nursing Discharge Instructions: Shortness of Breath

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This information explains nursing discharge instructions for shortness of breath from the Urgent Care Center (UCC) or the Symptomatic Care Clinic (SCC).

Shortness of Breath

Call 911 if you feel like you cannot breathe.

Take your medications as prescribed.

Call your MSK healthcare team or visit the nearest emergency room if you have:

  • New or worsening shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain.
  • Coughing blood.
  • Signs of infection, such as a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, shaking chills, or sweating.

Your care team may direct you to your regional Symptomatic Care Clinic (SCC) or the Urgent Care Center (UCC).

Follow up with your MSK healthcare team after discharge.

For more information, visit www.mskcc.org/pe/short_breath

You can search for information on this topic and many others in MSK’s Patient and Caregiver Education library at www.mskcc.org/pe

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