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This resource center provides materials to improve the care of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) across their continuum of care. Improving care starts with admission and continues as they transition from the hospital to the rehabilitation/long term care setting or to home.

It was created specifically with pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals in mind. This site shares best practices on guidance of COPD device selection, symptom assessment, patient education and counseling, and related materials for various stages of care. The illustration below provides an overview of the transitions of care.

Managing Transitions of Care for COPD

First 24 hrs of admission:
  • Confirm acute COPD exacerbation
  • Stabilize patient
  • Daily action plan
  • Implement order sets
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Stable patient, but prior to discharge:
  • Daily action planning
  • Determine patient education needs
  • Consult social work
  • Evaluate vaccination needs
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Patient discharge:
  • Determine level of care for patient's recovery
  • Assess at home COPD device regimen
  • Patient education
  • Assess home oxygen needs
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Follow-up visits:
  • Medication reconciliation
  • Symptom assessment
  • Counsel patient on medications and devices
  • Assess home health care needs
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  • Get an accurate list of medications being used prior to admission
  • Determine level of acute care required
  • Confirm acute exacerbation of COPD
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Admission Day #1 (first 24 hours)

Stabilization & Discharge Planning


Chronic Care Management

COPD Exacerbation

Live Webinar!

COPD: Treatment Updates and Transitions of Care

Dennis Williams, Pharm.D. and Brad Drummond, M.D.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

Dennis Williams, Pharm.D.

Brad Drummond, Pharm.D.