Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a condition in which the airways in your lungs are blocked and breathing becomes more difficult.  As mucus builds up, the airways become narrower and less air travels in and out of the lungs.  This can cause the lining of the airways to become inflamed and the muscle surrounding the airways to constrict.  When mucus accumulates in the alveolar spaces, the oxygen exchange is reduced and the alveoli lose elasticity.  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an irreversible, progressive disease and may be thought of as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or asthmatic bronchitis.

Patient Responsibilities
  • Take all medications as prescribed
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat healthy
  • Follow approved exercise activity
  • Take frequent rest periods
  • If ordered, use supplemental oxygen
  • Know signs, symptoms & risk factors
  • Fluids keep you hydrated & thin mucus

When your doctor orders home health, National Nursing & Rehab has a team of experienced clinical professionals to help meet your needs.  We offer services including skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.

 

For more information, please call (855) 463-4584.