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Paid Content by Peninsula Home Care – COPD Patients, Higher Risk for Pneumonia

November 20, 2019


>>>ILLNESSES. PEOPLE CAN SUFFER FROM CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE OR COPD, AND ARE AT A MUCH HIGHER RISK OF GETTING PNEUMONIA. ROUGHLY NEARLY 14 MILLION ADULTS IN THE U.S. HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COPD. BUT THERE ARE ROUGHLY 5 MILLION MORE WHO MAY HAVE IT AND DON’T KNOW IT. HE TELLS MORE ABOUT THE RISK OF PNEUMONIA AND COPD IS THE BRANCH DIRECTOR OF PENINSULA HOME CARE OF NANTICOKE. [APPLAUSE] >>THANK YOU FOR COMING THIS AFTERNOON.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE WITH COPD HAVE DIFFICULTY BREATHING, BUT WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP PNEUMONIA?>>WELL, PEOPLE WHO HAVE COPD HAVE THINNER AIRWAYS. THE AIR WAS THIN BECAUSE OF A DISEASE, AND THAT CAUSES MUCUS TO SLOW DOWN. MUCUS GETS TRAPPED IN THE AIRWAYS, AND THEN BECOMES THE PERFECT HOME FOR GERMS THAT CAUSE PNEUMONIA, AND PRESENT A MUCH GREATER RISK.>>SO THEY MAY NOT NECESSARILY SEEK TREATMENT, BECAUSE THEY THINK IT IS JUST THE COPD?>>THEY OFTEN DO. THE DIFFICULTY BREATHING OFTEN HAPPENS FIRST AND THEY EXPERIENCE SOME OF THAT WITH THE COPD. SO THEY MAY NOT THING TO BE MINDFUL OF OTHER SYMPTOMS THAT MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF THE MINOR.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT PNEUMONIA A LITTLE BIT, THE SYMPTOMS. SYMPTOMS ARE MORE DISTINCTIVE WITH AMMONIA?>>THEY ARE VERY DIFFERENT. START OFF WITH WHAT WE CONSIDER SPUTUM, A MUCUS THAT PEOPLE TEND TO PRODUCE WHEN THE CALL FOR CLEAR THEIR THROATS. IT IS NORMALLY WHITE IN COLOR. WHAT HAPPENS IS WHEN YOU START TO DEVELOP PNEUMONIA, IT CHANGES, AND IT BECOMES THICKER, EVEN YELLOW OR GREEN IN COLOR OR BLOOD-TINGED. THEY MAY HAVE HIGH FEVER, COUGH OR CHILLS, OTHER SYMPTOMS ARE NOT COMMON FOR PEOPLE WITH COPD.>>AND THE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WE USE FOR COPD AND AMMONIA ARE DIFFERENT AS WELL?>>YES.>>THE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR COPD WON’T WORK FOR PNEUMONIA?>>NO. THEY ARE VERY DIFFERENT FROM MANAGING THE SYMPTOMS THAT YOU HAVE WITH COPD. HE REQUIRES ANTIBIOTICS. OFTEN TIMES, INTRAVENOUS ANTIBIOTICS THAT MAY BE ADMINISTERED AT HOME. BUT MORE COMMONLY, ANY HOSPITAL, OR AT HOME WITH A HOME CARE NURSE.>>NOW, YOU ACTUALLY HAVE A DEVICE THAT YOU USE TO HELP PEOPLE MEASURE THEIR BREATHING?>>YES. THIS MEASURES RATES OF INHALATION, AS WELL AS BREATHS OF AIR. SO WHEN PEOPLE CAN TAKE A GOOD DEEP BREATH, THEY CAN MOVE MORE AIR. THE LUNGS ARE HEALTHIER AND THEY STAY INSULATED. IT CUTS DOWN ON THE THINNER AIRWAYS WE WERE TALKING ABOUT EARLIER TO DECREASE A MUCUS THAT IS TRAPPED HERE, DECREASING YOUR RISK OF PNEUMONIA. THAT IS OFTEN PROVIDED TO PEOPLE SO THEY CAN PRACTICE GOOD DEEP BREATHING, BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE DON’T BREATHE WELL ENOUGH ON THEIR OWN WITH COPD.>>NOW, OF COURSE LIKE MOST ANYTHING, PREVENTION IS KEY?>>YES.>>YOU CAN ACTUALLY PREVENT PNEUMONIA?>>YES. ALWAYS YOUR FIRST MEASURE OF DEFENSE. KNOWING THE DIFFERENCE OF SYMPTOMS BETWEEN COPD AND PNEUMONIA IS YOUR BEST CHANCE, KNOWING WHEN THEY CHANGE IN COLOR, FATIGUE, YOUR ABILITY TO BREATHE, AND WHEN PEOPLE HAVE COPD, THEY ARE ALREADY AT RISK FOR RESPIRATORY FAILURE. AND RESPIRATORY FAILURE IS A DIFFERENCE [AUDIO LOST]

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