Module C: Pharmaceutical Treatment & Interventions

CE Credits: 1.5

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This module details the most common drugs—bronchodilators and corticosteroids—and corresponding inhaled medication devices that can decrease the number of exacerbations from COPD and improve the patient’s quality of life. It also covers the possible side effects of such drugs (and how they may conflict with some co-morbidities), as well as the sometimes appropriate (or inappropriate) use of antibiotics and other drugs with COPD.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Review the use of devices for inhaled medications
» Describe the use of bronchodilators
» Identify the role of corticosteroids
» Discuss the appropriate use of antibiotics
» Describe the drugs that are not recommended for use
» Discuss overall medication management in COPD care

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Advance your professional practice:The key to managing and slowing COPD is the consistent and correct use of treatment, so that we as case managers, are in a position to counsel patients on how to use their treatments most effectively. Understanding the different treatment options and being able to counsel patients on how to use the devices (and help them weigh the costs) significantly increase the odds that patients can maintain treatment successfully

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Improve organizational performance: If we are proactive as case managers—helping our team educate and monitor patients on the most effective treatments for COPD—we can lower the number of exacerbations, hospitalizations and negative outcomes related to COPD.