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COPD lung diseases have no cure; symptoms can be controlled

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This article highlights a promising practice at PeaceHealth Medical Group Pulmonary. All COPD patients, independent of history of hospital admissions or readmissions, are admitted to their program. This promising practice includes: 1) automatic referral for pulmonary follow up upon hospital discharge; 2) home visits after hospitalization; 3) yearly pulmonary function tests; 4) patient education and smoking cessation support; 5) comorbidity screening; and, when appropriate, 6) pulmonary rehabilitation. The organization reports a dramatic decrease in readmissions rates for patients with COPD; as of article publication, the hospital reported zero COPD readmissions in 2015.

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Citation: Harshman, M. COPD lung diseases have no cure; symptoms can be controlled. The Columbian.

. Published: April 20, 2015. Accessed January 26, 2017.

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