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Are you ready to have the CHAT?

You can help prevent COPD exacerbations this winter.

Have the CHAT with your patients

Health professionals are urged to follow our 6 easy steps to ensure their COPD patients stay well and out of hospital this winter.

Are you ready? 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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