COPD – Pathophysiology and Management Options
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Although this disease is manageable, there is no cure. Disease management involves both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments and goals of care include preventing and managing symptoms, reducing exacerbation frequency and severity, and optimizing the patient’s quality of life.

Course Publication Date: September 26, 2022

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Author:Susan Hausle MSN, RN, CHPN
Course No:COPD0922
Contact Hours:2.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Medical & Surgical Issues
Learning Objectives
  • Explain the pathophysiology of COPD.

  • Evaluate two tests performed to diagnose and manage COPD.

  • List four clinical manifestations of COPD.

  • Differentiate the current pharmacotherapy for COPD.

  • Describe three therapeutic goals for individuals with COPD.

  • Distinguish two non-pharmacological COPD management techniques.

  • Discuss the role of oxygen therapy in COPD.

  • Identify the three available surgical options for individuals with COPD.

  • List the end-of-life options for COPD patients.


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