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Health officials develop first plan to help COPD patients

Jul 13, 2017

(July 14, 2017) The National Institutes of Health in a collaborative effort with representatives from across the entire COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) community, released the COPD National Action Plan on May 22.

This first-of-its-kind document provides a unified framework to guide stakeholders nationwide in their efforts to work together to address the effect of the disease.

COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting 16 million Americans and millions more who have not yet been diagnosed.

Although COPD is not curable, it is highly treatable, and early diagnosis can lead to an improved quality of life.

“Atlantic General Hospital is excited about the release of this plan and we look forward to collaborating with others in the COPD community to ensure its successful implementation,” said Lou Brecht, lead respiratory therapist at the Atlantic General Pulmonary Clinic.

The plan addresses the needs of patients, the public, health care delivery and practice guidelines, research potential, and policy implications.

Atlantic General is helping COPD patients with the establishment of the Pulmonary Clinic to educate and provide a forum for patients to get questions answered and to foster self-management of COPD.

The Pulmonary Clinic has also invested in training for the registered respiratory therapists through the American Association for Respiratory Care.

These Therapists are now certified COPD educators. The Pulmonary Clinic has also adopted the eBright ACO standardized guidelines to help with diagnosis, treatment and improved quality of life for patients with COPD.

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