Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( Copd )

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During the second week of my clinical rotation, I had the privilege of being with the respiratory department, as a result of that my research of the Continuity of Care topic will be based on the topic of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). COPD patients are usually readmitted due to acute exacerbations also known as (AECOPD). (Laverty et al., 2015). In this paper, we explore the COPD discharge care bundles which have been developed by different authors. The care bundle consists of a short list of certain evidence-based practices to be utilized or implemented before discharge for all patients who have been admitted with COPD, based on reviewing national guidelines, evidenced based practices, expert opinion, other relevant literature, peer-reviewed journals and patient consultation. (Hopkinson et al., 2012). Actively involving the multidisciplinary team or healthcare staff is significant to ensure that the changes being introduced are clearly understood and that the processes are followed. Implementing of the COPD discharge care bundle possesses the potential to yield a drastic improvement in compliance with optimum practice in health care. (Mannino & Thomashow, 2015). In this paper we take a look at the results from different studies confirming the reduction or a decrease in readmission of patients with COPD when the care bundle is implemented. Keywords: COPD, continuity-of-care, discharge, care bundle. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the continuity of
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