Patients with respiratory disorders often require short-term and long-term treatment. While short-term treatments may successfully relieve a patient`s current symptoms, long-term treatment and management is a necessary component of the care plan. Prior to establishing a care plan, it is essential to complete a thorough patient evaluation. Patients presenting with symptoms of respiratory disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) frequently require pulmonary function testing. These pulmonary function tests are designed to assess patient lung function. Results of these tests can be used in conjunction with the COPD guidelines to develop effective treatment and management plans for patients. To prepare: Review the COPD guidelines in the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease article in this week`s Learning Resources. Reflect on COPD diagnosis, management, and prevention strategies suggested in the guidelines. Consider how to implement these strategies in a clinical setting. Locate and select a case study from a reputable source on a patient whose condition required pulmonary function testing. Consider the COPD guidelines for diagnosis and think about a potential diagnosis for the patient in the case study that you selected. Reflect on treatment and management options based on the patient`s diagnosis. To complete: Write a 2- to 3-page paper that addresses the following: Describe COPD diagnosis, management, and prevention strategies suggested in the COPD guidelines. Explain how to implement these strategies in a clinical setting. Explain your diagnosis for the patient in the case study that you selected. Compare the patient`s pulmonary function test results to the COPD guidelines when making your diagnosis. Describe treatment and management options based on the patient`s diagnosis. Reminder: papers should include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. All References should be cuurent and not be more than 5 yrs Buttaro, T. M., Trybulski, J., Polgar Bailey, P., & Sandberg-Cook, J. (2013). Primary care: A collaborative practice (4th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. (2011). At-a-glance outpatient management reference for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Retrieved from http://www.goldcopd.org/uploads/users/files/GOLD_AtAGlance_2011_Jan18.pdf This article outlines the COPD guidelines and includes guidance for diagnosis, assessment, and management of patients with COPD.
PULMONARY FUNCTION TESTING Name: Institutional Affiliation: Pulmonary Function Testing Introduction As determined in the guidelines, COPD is a common preventable ailment that is primarily characterized by a persistent limitation in airflow that is considered progressive and that enhancing to chronic inflammatory response within an individual`s lungs and the airways as a result of gases and noxious particles (Buttaro, Trybulski, Polgar Bailey, & Sandberg-Cook, 2013). The commonly encountered and known risk factor that results in COPD is considered to be tobacco smoking, including indoor and outdoor occupational air pollution. This paper consequently seeks to establish diagnostic measures, management, and prevention strategies of this ailment as detailed in the COPD guidelines and the manner in which these strategies can be incorporated within a clinical setting. Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of COPD The diagnosis of COPD can be considered on patients who show some symptoms of chronic coughs, progressive dyspnea and an increase in sputum pro...