You can help to prevent COPD exacerbations this winter.

Complete this checklist for each patient with COPD:

  • Recall all patients with COPD
  • Check for COPD exacerbation symptoms:
    • Coughing more than usual.
    • Harder to breathe than usual.
    • Any change in sputum (phlegm).
    • Tired more than usual (less active).
  • Schedule their vaccinations (influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia)
  • Review their COPD Medicines (see Stepwise Management of Stable COPD)
  • Review their inhaler device technique
  • Develop their COPD Action Plan
  • Refer to pulmonary rehabilitation
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    COPD is the second leading cause of preventable hospitalisations
    National Health Performance Authority 2015, Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14.
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    Each COPD exacerbation does long-term damage. In people hospitalised due to COPD, the risk of death may be greater than a heart attack.
    Halpin D. Mortality in COPD: Inevitable or Preventable? Insights from the Cardiovascular Arena. COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2008. 5:3, 187–200.
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    A delay of 24 hours or more in seeking treatment for an exacerbation doubles the chance of hospital admission.
    Chandra D, Tsai CL, Camargo CA, Jr. Acute exacerbations of COPD: delay in presentation and the risk of hospitalization. COPD 2009; 6:95-103
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