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Welcome

Welcome to this web site. It has been designed for new graduate nurses or those who require a greater knowledge of oxygen delivery systems and bronchodilator therapy for anyone managing a patient with COPD in a ward setting. It is hoped that by moving through this site, you will feel more confident in managing a patient with an acute exacerbation of COPD. The site is divided into two sections, with multiple page for each section. To return to this page, click on the oxygen and bronchodilator logo at the top of the screen. To begin your learning experience, click on the links on the left of the page. You may access the topics in any order. The navigation bar is divided into two main subject areas - oxygen therapy and then bronchodilators.


Aim

The aim of this site is to empower new graduate nurses to better manage an acute exacerbation of COPD. A secondary aim is to educate patients in managing their own COPD in the hope that acute exacerbation severity will be reduced and or will result in a shorter length of stay in hospital. The site brings together a large amount of information under one usable resource. On completion of the web pages it would be appreciated if you could complete the evaluation by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated on my blog which is also linked at the bottom of this page.


I hope that by navigating through this site, you will be better able to understand your patient’s current condition, and understand how you can improve their condition through your interventions. This site does not however replace the need for timely medical review in an acutely unwell patient. It is anticipated that this page will continue to be updated as the literature informs practice.


Before you begin

If you need a refresher on normal lung anatomy and physiology, then I would advise you to read any current anatomy and physiology text to review this information.



When you are ready, please feel free to explore the other pages in this web site. Any comments about this site or suggestions would be greatly appreciated on my blog.



http://oxygenandbronchodilatordelivery.blogspot.com



Link to evaluation survey is:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LVMFMQ22