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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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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as 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 for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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

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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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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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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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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