Approximately 1.2 million people are living with COPD in the UK, however it is estimated that one in eight people over the age of 35 has COPD which has not been properly identified or diagnosed! 10% of people with COPD are diagnosed for the first time when they present to hospital as an emergency and COPD is now the second highest cause of emergency admissions to hospital. Currently the total annual cost of COPD to NHS is over £1.2 billion.
Death rates from COPD in the UK are almost double the EU average with the mortality rate equaling that of acute myocardial infarction and in 2012, 29,776 people died from COPD in UK. Sadly 25% of people die within a year of admission and one in 12 during an emergency admission. 50% of people diagnosed with COPD are under the age of 65.
80 percent of people with COPD have at least one other long term condition and we should be identifying many more patients in primary care given the unique position primary care teams are in. Early identification and instigation of management strategies for COPD can modify lung function decline in the early stages of the disease and it is 10 times cheaper to the NHS to treat mild disease than advanced COPD.
This course is designed to give healthcare professionals new to COPD care an understanding of the prevalence and impact of COPD. Delegates will look at the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory tract and the pathophysiology, and management both pharmacological and non-pharmacological of COPD. This interactive day will focus on enabling delegates to deliver high quality care and assessment of patients in the primary care setting relating everything to QOF templates and 6 ‘C’s of nursing practice. The day will provide the foundation for further learning in the care of patients with COPD – an area where health care professionals can make a real difference to a group who are so often overlooked.
- Provide continuing professional development in the care of COPD patients.
- Provide a strong foundation and understanding of the importance of structured, multidisciplinary evidence based COPD care.
- Enable healthcare professionals new to COPD care, to provide high quality, effective and safe care within their scope of practice.
- An overview of COPD; its prevalence and impact on both the NHS and patients.
- Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory tract
- Pathophysiology of COPD
- Risk factors
- Diagnosis of COPD to include history taking and introduction to Spirometry
- Assessment of smoking, nutritional status; mental wellbeing, breathlessness and quality of life/disease impact
- Brief intervention for smoking cessation
- Breathlessness and introduction to management of breathlessness
- Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of COPD including pulmonary rehabilitation
- How the drugs work
- Recognition and management of acute exacerbation
- Inhaler technique
- Working with patients to achieve effective self-management
- Self-management plans
- Role of oxygen therapy
- Advanced care planning
- Sign posting patients
- Research and evidence based practice
- Where to find patient and professional resources
Who should attend / would be applicable?
- Practice nurses new to COPD care or those wanting to update on current best practice
- Nursing home staff
- Residential home staff