The February Nurse Network Meeting will address the much-requested topic of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Come along to learn about COPD prevention, physiology, diagnosis, treatment, local services and referral pathways.
Kingscliff Beach and Bowls
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
5:45pm – 8:30pm
- Linda Whitehurst (Clinical Nurse Specialist 2, Respiratory Chronic Care, NSW Health)
- Di Goldie (Manager of Respiratory Services, NSW Health)
Primary health care nurses are well-placed to support and educate people with COPD. This is the term for a group of conditions that cause narrowing of the bronchial tubes in the lungs, resulting in persistent respiratory symptoms with airflow limitation. It is a common, preventable, progressive and permanent lung condition. COPD can trigger significant physical disability, which can have a major negative impact on quality of life and wellbeing. While it primarily affects the lungs, it is associated with numerous concomitant complications increasing morbidity and mortality.
The burden of COPD is increasing, in part due to improved detection and an ageing population, creating a need for strategies to improve the health of individuals with lung disease. The goal being a reduction in symptoms and exacerbations, improving health, lifestyle, well-being and independence.
Nurses are in a prime position to create a greater awareness of COPD focusing on prevention, as well as identification and diagnosis to help patients receive early and appropriate interventions to slow down the progression of the disease.