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What are some precautions that COPD patients should be taking?

What are some precautions that COPD patients should be taking?

No smoking...: The single most important thing for COPD patients to do is to stop smoking. This will decrease the amount of airway inflammation and will thus slow the progression of this incurable disease and decrease symptoms including shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, etc. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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What are some precautions that COPD patients should be taking around smokers?

What are some precautions that COPD patients should be taking around smokers?

Avoid...: As a COPD patient, you need to avoid second hand smoke as much as possible since this smoke will result in further airway inflammation, resulting in more symptoms and faster progression. If you wear oxygen, you absolutely cannot be around anyone smoking, ever, since it can cause a fire! Key word: avoid! ...Read more

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Why does COPD patient crave salt?

Why does COPD patient crave salt?

They don't: Pt's with COPD have risk factors for infection or tumors. The COPD per se does not cause salt craving. If there are other things like tumor thee these can cause antidiutetic effect, dilution by too much water and sensed in the brain as hypoosmolality and salt craving. On the other hand some things from the lungs can go to the adrenal glands and these hormones can cause salt craving. ...Read more

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Are COPD patients extremely hungry at times?

Are COPD patients extremely hungry at times?

Usually not: Most commonly advancing COPD will lead to weight loss. If the person is taking Prednisone for copd, the medication can lead to a substantial increase in appetite and often result in weight gain (in part due to water retention). ...Read more

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Could you give high flow o2 to a COPD patient?

Could you give high flow o2 to a COPD patient?

Depends...: Oxygen is only prescribed when the oxygen level in the body is low and only in the lowest amount needed to maintain the oxygen level at an acceptable level. Oxygen must be carefully prescribed by a doctor with monitoring of the patient's oxygen levels because giving too much oxygen is harmful as is not giving enough! See your doctor if you think your oxygen level is low! ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of a patient who has copd?

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What is life expectancy of a patient who has copd?

Depends on factors: Such as body mass index, degree of airway obstruction, degree of uncomfortable breathing, exercise tolerance, smoking status, presence of complications including pulmonary hypertension, right sided heart failure, chronic respiratory failure, degree of carbon dioxide retention, frequency of exacerbations, and other medical conditions. I have had patients die in their 50s & some that lived 90+ yrs. ...Read more

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What are the appropriate anesthetics to patients copd?

What are the appropriate anesthetics to patients copd?

There is no right: Answer. It depends on the severity of the cold, type of surgery and other medical issues. If possible, choices that lead to decreased narcotic use or a non-general technique may be advised. ...Read more

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What are the minimum oxygen requirements for COPD patients?

What are the minimum oxygen requirements for COPD patients?

No minimum: There is no minimum. Ambient air is 21%, if it is not enough, you go up from there. Oxygen delivered by a nasal cannula starts with 0.5 lpm and goes up from there by half liter increments. Common starting rates are 1 - 1.5 lpm. ...Read more

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Do doctors refer patients with COPD to the gym for exercise?

Do doctors refer patients with COPD to the gym for exercise?

COPD and Exercise: Supervised exercise programs can be very helpful for COPD patients. For severe disease, the exercise should be done in a formal pulmonary rehabilitation program. Milder disease may permit the exercise to be done at a gym but only if approved by the doctor. ...Read more

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Would all patients admitted with COPD exacerbation get abgs drawn up?

Interesting question: If you ask me, most if not all such patients should get abgs. Physicians practice differently though and not all do this. There are no hard guidelines and standard of care for that as far as I am aware, unless the patient is in respiratory failure/intubated where abgs guide the management. ...Read more

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Why do copd/cold patients sometimes need to use pulmo aide nebulizer?

Why do copd/cold patients sometimes need to use pulmo aide nebulizer?

Medication delivery: Pulmo aide is one brand of nebulizer. There are many others. Patients with COPD benefit from medications delivered directly to the lung by an inhaler or a nebulizer. A nebulizer is useful for those who cannot use an inhaler effectively. ...Read more

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Why would a patient with COPD breathe better when he is a sitting position?

Why would a patient with COPD breathe better when he is a sitting position?

Gravity: COPD patients have trouble getting air out, they often use more muscle work to breath. So in the sitting position gravity helps take the abdominal contents out of the picture and helps the diaphragm recoil back. Plus arms are there to prop forward and expand the chest the widest. ...Read more

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Why (specificaly) would a patient with COPD breath better when he or she is in a sitting position?

Why (specificaly) would a patient with COPD breath better when he or she is in a sitting position?

Leverage: In COPD you need to make a bigger effort to breathe, to compensate for the narrowed bronchial tubes. This is generated by the breathing muscles which are located between the ribs, in the neck area, and upper torso. The muscles generate the most force when they are not too stretched and not too relaxed. This is best achieved in the seated position. Other factors also play a role. ...Read more

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Why do COPD patients crave chocolate?

Craving chocolate: Chocolate contains neurotransmitters like phenylethylamine. This is the neurotransmitter that is very high when we are madly in love. Depression due to rejection (not correspondence from our love wishes) drops this levels causing depression. Unconsciously rejected lovers crave for chocolate. Also substances like theobromine and caffeine in chocolate are stimulants. Copders are not the only ones. ...Read more

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What is a good diet for COPD patients?

What is a good diet for COPD patients?

Keep weight down: Any change in your eating habits that will keep your weight down would be beneficial. Obesity will ceratinly affect your breathing. Good exercise (with physician approval) and good eating habits can only help you and improve your outlook. ...Read more

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Why do patients with COPD wear a medical alert bracelet?

Why do patients with COPD wear a medical alert bracelet?

Steroid use: Medical alert tags tell an emergency responder about conditions that may impact the patients treatment. Chronic steroid use would be important information. Also! Many COPD patients have trouble breathing with too much oxygen! ...Read more

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Why does a COPD patient have a prolonged exhalation time?

Why does a COPD patient have a prolonged exhalation time?

Narrowed Plumming: Through means we do not completely understand, people with COPD have narrowing of the tubes that deliver air to sacs in the lung where oxygen is absorbed. This is probably due to prolonged exposure to irritants that damage the tissue. The pressure from breathing out can further compress the tubes. The smaller the tube the longer it takes the air to pass. ...Read more

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What is a pulmo aide and why is it used for COPD patients?

Nebulizer: Pulmoaide is a nebulizer. Nebulizers are often used in COPD to deliver medications such as bronchodilators into the lung by inhalation. ...Read more

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Why would it be difficult to start an IV on a COPD patient?

Varies: If a COPD patient has had previous illnesses which required IV therapy, sometimes the veins are used up and can't be used again. Some individuals simply have a lack of adequate surface veins regardless of whether they have copd. ...Read more

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more