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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).

Topic 2 in the Better Living with your Lung Disease DVD Series ‘ How Do Your Lungs Work’

Risk factors for respiratory disease.Smoking.

Sedentary lifestyle and behaviour change.
Diagram of FEV & Diagram of cycle of inactivity and dyspnoea Better Living with COPD (Ch 6 &12).
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