Nursing CPD Institute

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

CPD Hours: 1
Current as at 19 July 2020
This session provides an overview of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), including risk factors, investigations, diagnosis and treatment options.


Course Content

Nurses often care for clients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is characterised by persistent respiratory symptoms and chronic airflow limitation and is associated with exacerbations and comorbidities.   

The Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD) study found a COPD prevalence of 7.5% in people aged >40 years in six cities in Australia. The COPD-X Australian and New Zealand guidelines for the diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: 2017 update provides the foundation for this session.

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the risk factors for developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Attain  knowledge of the investigations that are commonly requested when diagnosing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Receive information regarding recommended medication and medical interventions to support clients with COPD
  • Gain increased knowledge regarding the potential complications associated with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
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