Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – 5 Hours



Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung condition that is both preventable and treatable. It is the third leading cause of death globally. In high-income countries, smoking is responsible for more than 70% of COPD cases. It is crucial to note that the risk of mortality from COPD increases significantly in the first year after readmission within 30 days. We have created a comprehensive course to assist healthcare team members in staying current with COPD prevention and treatment recommendations.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify a variety of environmental exposures that may predispose individuals to developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Inform about COPD features, including pathophysiology, presentation, risk factors, lung function trajectories, exacerbations, and comorbidities.
  • Outline spirometry considerations regarding COPD, including its process, utility, application, and cautions.
  • Explain COPD symptom assessment, including GOLD ABE recommendations and how they are integrated with treatment.
  • List pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches to COPD treatment.
  • Emphasize the importance of smoking cessation in COPD management.
  • Discuss smoking cessation strategies and pharmacotherapy.
  • Detail bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids in COPD treatment.
  • Apply guidelines for initial and follow-up COPD management.
  • Highlight the importance of reviewing medication use at each patient visit (dose, inhaler technique, adherence, accessibility, adverse effects).
  • Describe the importance of pulmonary rehabilitation in COPD management.
  • Spotlight the role of oxygen and ventilatory support in COPD management.
  • Name recommended vaccines for patients with COPD and their importance.
  • Review less common therapies for COPD that may be considered.
  • Anticipate and address challenges of COPD management.
  • Provide COPD self-management patient education (risk reduction, lifestyle, medication use, other treatments, breathing exercises, and action plan).
  • Devise patient tactics for reducing risk and exposure to COPD irritants and aggravating factors.
  • Explain the management of COPD exacerbations, including assessment, bronchodilators, corticosteroids, antibiotics, respiratory support, transitions of care, and hospital discharge follow-up.
  • Speak on the significance of hospital readmission prevention of COPD exacerbations.
  • Key in on benefits of COPD advance care planning and palliative support.
  • Mention treatment options in patients with severe/advanced COPD.
  • Touch on treatment approaches of future research interest.
  • Address comorbidities that may overlap or influence COPD progression.

Contact Hours: 5 Hours 

Course Fee: $25 / Participant 

Author: Jennifer Kim, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM

Target Audience: Nursing Healthcare Professionals 

Instructional Methods:  Online Independent Self-Study (Training + Post-Test). A passing score of 70% is required for course completion, and a printable certificate will be emailed in PDF format.

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