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Lungs, Lung Disease and Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


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).



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




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 & explanation of test results from your centre
Management of COPD.Smoking cessation



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

COPD Action Plan