Module D: Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment & Interventions

CE Credits: 1.5

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This module covers the non-pharmaceutical tools that can make a significant difference in a COPD patient’s quality of life. The biggest benefit comes from smoking cessation, and this module covers how CMs can help begin and support a patient’s process of quitting; it also covers how the right vaccinations, pulmonary rehabilitation (breathing practices, exercise and more), nutrition and, in some cases, surgery can help mitigate the effects of COPD. The module also details helpful end-of-life options for late-stage COPD.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Discuss smoking cessation techniques
» Describe recommended vaccinations
» Review the use of oxygen therapy
» Describe the role of pulmonary rehabilitation
» Review the use of surgical interventions
» Discuss end-stage COPD management

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Advance your professional practice: As case managers, understanding the range of non-medicinal treatments for COPD—and being a part of a patient’s long-term plan to adopt them—can help support patients as they try to slow the natural course of COPD.

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Improve organizational performance: As we work with our transdisciplinary team members, we can use all of the resources available to decrease hospitalizations, exacerbations and Medicare costs for patients with COPD.