Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Bronchiectasis Peak Flow Testing

People with bronchiectasis and wheezing that responds to bronchodilator inhaler medicines should learn to use peak flow measurements.

The 3 peak flow (PEFR) zones are:

  • PEFR <50% of personal best is the Red Zone. This indicates a severe attack and the need for more aggressive treatment.
  • PEFR 50-80% of personal best is the Yellow Zone. It indicates suboptimal control or an early attack.
  • PEFR 80-100% of personal best is the Green Zone. It indicates good control.

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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