CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE
COPD is a leading cause of sickness and death worldwide, and currently the fourth leading cause of death in Canada. It is a progressive disease that affects the lungs and airways, usually but not always caused by smoking. Leaving people feeling easily short of breath and limited in their ability to be active. (RespTrec, 2019)
Patients can receive treatment and make lifestyle changes that will slow the progression of the disease, can reduce or eliminate some symptoms, improve the quality and length of their lives.
Meet with our Chronic Disease Management Nurses to learn what COPD means, what the causes are and ways to manage your condition at home.
- Initial assessment and ongoing evaluation/treatment of condition
- Individualized patient and family education about the disease process, non-medical management strategies, self-monitoring and how to handle symptom flare-ups
- Coaching for proper use of inhaled medication devices and breathing techniques
- Medication review and dose adjustments in coordination with Physician and/or Respirologist.
HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT:
- To access this service, please contact the Family Health Team at 519-843-3947 or ask your primary care provider (family physician or nurse practitioner) for more information.