COPD Nursing Role

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According to the World Health Organization, 3 million people died of COPD in 2012 and COPD will become the 3rd leading cause of death by 2030 (1). There is no cure for COPD, but it can be managed with medication and changes in diet and exercise. However, COPD patients have become the most frequent reasons people go to the hospital and insurance companies are now penalizing hospitals in cases where a COPD patient utilizes the hospital more than once a month. To decrease frequent hospitalizations, the nurse has an important role in that he or she can send the patient home with the necessary education on ways to prevent relapses. Frequent hospitalizations lower to a “decline in functional status” according to recent studies that have come out

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