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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

​The Wolf Creek Primary Care Network is pleased to offer educational opportunities for persons with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  In a series of three classes held over three weeks, participants will learn about this condition as well as methods for self-management.  The course outline is as follows:

Day 1

  • Participant's expectations for the learning sessions.

  • Lung anatomy and self-cleaning mechanism of airways.

  • Understanding COPD:  main cause, definition, pathphysiolgy and symptoms.

  • Impact of COPD.

  • COPD Medication including Prednisone, antibiotics and oxygen.

  • Inhalation devices.

Day 2

  • Prevention and recognition of exacerbations.

  • Plan of Action and management of respiratory infections.

  • Management of aggravating environmental factors.

  • Managing shortness of breath, pursed lip breathing, body positions.

  • Coughing techniques.

 

Day 3

  • Anxiety-breathlessness cycle.

  • Management of stress and anxiety.

  • Fatigue and energy conservation principles.

  • Nutrition.

  • Healthy life habits:  sleep, sex, leisure. Home exercies and stretches.

  • Goal making.

This course is currently being offered in Sylvan Lake.  If you are interested in taking this course, please contact your local physicians' office and ask to speak to your PCN Nurse.