Chronic Obstructive Lung disease
Develops over time
Narrow airways, vascular change,
Remodeled bronchial design.
Destruction of parenchyma
Chronic productive cough
Fibrosis & Scars
Inflammation that mars
Air trapping and mismatch occurs
Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis
Pollution and breathing in noxious gas
Recurrent infections that never pass
Major Risk Factor for COPD
Lighting up cigarettes frequently
Impairs ciliary action and irritates and destroys the alveolar walls.
Major goal should improve ventilation, remove secretions, give long-term O2
Vaccinate for both pneumonia and the flu
Bronchodilator therapy, treat all infections, use Chest PT.
Stop smoking is key to quality when living with COPD.
Copyright 11/7/09 Donna D. Kincheloe, RN, BSN