A COPD Case Study: Jim B.
This post was written by Jane Martin, BA, LRT, CRT, Assistant Director of Education at the COPD Foundation.
We're interested in your thoughts on our latest COPD case study: Jim B., a 68-year-old man here for his Phase II Pulmonary Rehabilitation intake interview.
A bit more about Jim:
Medical history: COPD, FEV1 six weeks ago was 38% of normal predicted, recent CXR shows flattened diaphragm with increased AP diameter, appendectomy age 34, broken nose and broken right arm as a child.
Labs: Lytes plus and CBC all within normal limits.
Physical exam: Breath sounds markedly diminished bilaterally with crackles right lower lobe and wheeze left upper lobe. Visible use of accessory muscles. O2 Saturation 93% room air, 95% O2 on 2lpm. Respiratory rate 24 and shallow, HR 94, BP 150/88, 1+ pitting pedal edema.
Current Medications: Prednisone 10mg q day / DuoNeb q 4 hrs. / Ibuprofen 400mg BID / Tums prn (estimates he takes two per day).
Respiratory history: 80-pack-year cigarette history, quit last year. He has developed a dry, hacking, non-productive cough over the last six months. Had asthma as a child and was exposed to second-hand smoke and cooking fumes while working at family-owned restaurant as a child. Lately, he has noticed slight chest tightness and increased cough when visiting his wife’s art studio.
Family history: Father had emphysema, died at age 69, mother died of breast cancer at 62. Grandfather died at age 57, grandmother died in her 40s of suicide. Six adult children, alive and well.
Previous respiratory admissions: Inpatient admission for six days last winter for acute exacerbation of COPD with bacterial pneumonia requiring 24-hour intubation and mechanical ventilation.
Psych: Jim presents to his Phase II Pulmonary Rehab intake interview appearing disheveled, wearing a sweatshirt, pajama pants and bedroom slippers. He is accompanied by his wife and adult daughter who appear neat, clean and well dressed. Patient states, “I don’t think you people can do anything to help me. I’m only here because they (referring to wife and daughter) made me go.” Jim states that he has been doing less and less at home since discharged from the hospital last winter. Wife states, “He walked outside a little with our grandchildren last Sunday and got so short of breath, he almost collapsed.” Became emotional when saying, “It scared the kids. It tore me up for them to see me that way. Besides that, with this darn shoulder I can’t even pick up the little ones anymore.”
Social: Lives at home with his wife of 43 years who works as an artist. Two out of his six children live within 30 miles of Jim’s home.
Occupation: Building contractor, retired three years ago. Jim states, “I made a good living. All the kids were able to go to college. I was strong. I could work circles around anybody in my crew. And now look at me. I’m tied to that darn breathing machine (referring to nebulizer) and I might as well hang it up.” Wife states, “He used to have all kinds of energy. Now all he does is sit in his chair watching TV, eating potato chips and peanuts.”
Tell us your impressions!
- What co-morbidities should be explored?
- How would you change Jim’s medication regime?
- What psych/social recommendations would you make?
- What other medical disciplines should do a consult on this patient?
- This is a real case. What are your thoughts on what took place following Jim’s pulmonary rehab intake interview?
This page was reviewed on March 3, 2020 by the COPD Foundation Content Review and Evaluation Committee