COPD exacerbation: 5 things EMS providers need to know

Understand how monitoring tools can be used to guide treatment for COPD exacerbations Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects approximately 32 million Americans, and it is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. COPD includes a group of degenerative conditions that impair airflow through the lungs. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD, and chronic bronchitis …

More Than a Feeling: Tired vs COPD Tired

Sometimes the word “tired” just doesn’t cut it when it comes to COPD. Although COPD symptoms can vary from person to person, many people affected by COPD have one symptom in common – fatigue. In fact, our 2016 COPD In America survey revealed that fatigue was the second most common symptom experienced by respondents! When dealing with COPD, fatigue is more than “feeling tired”- it’s …

7 Things That Cause COPD Besides Cigarettes

Despite many misconceptions and stigma, COPD can be caused by a number of things, not just cigarettes. Here is a list of seven things, other than cigarettes, that may cause COPD 1. Wood Smoke and Coal. Wood and coal are both biomass fuels. Many people around the world burn them to produce heat or light. Heat is another byproduct of combustion. But, also produced …

10 Things Not To Say To Someone With COPD

Here are ten things not to say to someone living with COPD. (Followed by what a person with COPD might say in response!) What not to say to someone with COPD “Why are you just sitting around?”  Um, I’m sitting around because I have to conserve my energy. I may be doing it because I’m having a bad COPD day. I may …