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Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Eileen S. O'Neill, PhD, RN
Peer Reviewer(s): Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC
Item#: V7147
Contents: 1 Course Book (68 pages)

Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, 2nd Edition

Price $29.95
Item # V7147
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: November 5, 2018

An estimated 15 million people in the United States have chronic obstructive lung disease, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This is a preventable and treatable disease that is characterized by partially reversible airway obstruction. The major symptoms of the disease are cough, sputum production, and dyspnea, with activity intolerance being a central feature. Monitoring and managing these and other symptoms is a daily activity for patients with COPD. Cigarette smoking is the main risk factor for the disease; therefore, smoking cessation must be an integral part of any treatment program. It is essential that healthcare professionals tailor patient care to meet the individual needs of patients with COPD. Such care can contribute to an increased quality of life for patients with COPD and help in preventing and reducing hospitalizations.

This course is intended for healthcare professionals who care for patients with COPD and practice in a wide range of settings. Patients with COPD are treated in intensive care units and acute and long-term care facilities, as well as in outpatient clinics, provider offices, and their own homes. The purpose of this course is to explore ways in which healthcare professionals can contribute to an improved quality of life for patients with COPD while also helping to prevent or reduce exacerbations. The prevalence of COPD makes it essential that healthcare professionals maintain up-to-date knowledge regarding this disease.

Course Objectives


  • Discuss the epidemiology of COPD and factors that contribute to its development.
  • Discuss the features, diagnostics, and complications of COPD.
  • Identify methods to prevent and reduce risk factors for COPD.
  • Describe the multidisciplinary components of care for the patient with stable COPD.
  • Discuss methods to control and treat exacerbations of COPD. 


Eileen S. O’Neill, PhD, RN, is Professor Emeritus at the College of Nursing at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her areas of expertise are pathophysiology advanced practice nursing and nursing inquiry. Her clinical practice area is care of the adult patient. Dr. O’Neill’s research program centers on clinical and patient decision making including the role of technology in improving patient care. She has been published in several leading nursing journals.

Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC, is Associate Director for Curricular Affairs at the Institute for Biosecurity in the Saint Louis University School of Public Health. She has been with the Institute since its inception in July 2000. She is a PhD nurse researcher with a background in infectious disease emergency preparedness. In addition, she is board certified in infection control and epidemiology. Her work experience includes research and clinical practice with HIV/AIDS patients and hospital infection control. In her current position with the Institute for Biosecurity, she is responsible for the Master’s in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness Program, including curriculum development, program management, and student advising. Her research areas of focus include health care and public health professional disaster preparedness and surge capacity issues.
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