In the geriatric population Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a very prevalent disease. Patients with COPD often require frequent hospitalizations and require medical and rehabilitation across the continuum of care - acute care, out-patient, skilled nursing facilities and home health.
Due to the prevalence of this condition, all healthcare professionals must play an active role, including rehabilitation professionals. The role for rehabilitation includes the acute treatment of the disease, patient/family education, and long term management.
This course discusses at an in-depth level the pathophysiology, diagnostic tools, assessment techniques and treatment of COPD. This information will be applied in a case study at the end of the course to ensure that participants gain practical application skills of the material presented.
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- Review of normal anatomy and physiology of the pulmonary system
- Review of normal aging processes in the pulmonary system
- Identifying what is COPD including its symptoms, clinical presentation, and diagnostic tests
- Current medications used to manage COPD
- COPD Patient Assessment
- Evidence-based treatment of COPD
- Patient/Family Education
- Case Study
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to provide the professional with an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology of COPD as well as how to assess and treat patients with this diagnosis in order to maximize their functional outcomes.
- Identify normal anatomy and physiology of the pulmonary system including properties of the lungs and the process of gas exchange.
- Identify three pulmonary changes that accompany the aging process
- Identify two characteristics of emphysema that distinguish it from chronic bronchitis
- Select the two most common classes of medications used to treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Identify at least four key areas involved in assessment of a patient with COPD.
- Identify 2 outcome measures that can be used in the evaluation of a patient who has COPD
- Identify at least four areas of treatment that are essential in the management of a patient with COPD.
- Select 2 areas of patient/family education that are essential with COPD management.
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Contact Hours: 3 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Nurses, Respiratory Therapist
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved
Financial – Suzanne Greenwalt is employed by Belmont University and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service