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Research shows that your patients are more likely to have an exacerbation during the winter months. You can help to prevent COPD exacerbations this winter.Complete checklist
COPD in Australia
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) exacerbations are the second leading cause of preventable hospitalisations in Australia.
Each COPD exacerbation does long-term damage. In people hospitalised due to COPD, the risk of death may be greater than a heart attack.
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
COPD is the second leading cause of preventable hospitalisationsNational Health Performance Authority 2015, Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14.
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.
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