Table 1

Scoring of COPD AECOPD symptoms

NormalSmall increaseEvident increase/change
Major symptoms
 Dyspnoea012
 Sputum production012
 Sputum colour02*
Minor symptoms
 Cough00.51
 Wheeze00.51
 Running nose00.51
 Sore throat00.51
 Fever01†
  • *Sputum colour: normal=0; different from normal=2.

  • †Fever (>38.5°C): no=0; yes=1.

  • AECOPD, acute exacerbations in COPD; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.