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Lungs, Lung Disease and Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Objectives:

At the end of the session, the participant will have:

  • Increased knowledge of the lungs and the disease process.
  • An understanding of the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Facilitator:

This session may be facilitated by a respiratory nurse, physiotherapist or medical officer.

Topic


Content


Resources


Introduction to the disease process.

– Chronic lung disease.
Normal lung function and respiratory anatomy.

Definition of COPD.
Lung model / diagrams. Better Living with COPD (Ch 2 & 3).

Disc 2 for the Better Living with your Lung Disease DVD ‘ How Do Your Lungs Work’
Risk factors for respiratory disease.Smoking.

Sedentary lifestyle and behaviour change.
Diagram of FEV1 versus age.
Diagram of cycle of inactivity and dyspnoea.
Diagnosis and monitoring of COPD.Lung function and other tests.Examples of tests.
Management of COPD.Smoking cessation

Medication

Nutrition

Physical activity, pulmonary rehabilitation.

Oxygen therapy.

Non-invasive ventilation.

Surgical options.
Available options to assist smoking cessation.


Better Living with COPD (Ch 6,7,10,11,14,15,17).

Summary and discussion.Recognition of onset of illness & action necessary


Participation in decisions about management of condition


Self-management plans

Multidisciplinary care plans

Palliative care and advance directives

Lung Foundation Australia COPD Action Plan