Improving Patient 's Quality And Longevity Of Life

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Health education and knowledge plays a vital role in improving patient’s quality and longevity of life. Regardless of one’s profession education should be a part of the job to promote health and disease prevention. According to Snyderman (2014): Nearly 20% of Medicare beneficiaries discharged from hospitals are rehospitalized within 30 days, and 34% are rehospitalized within 90 days. For patients with conditions like CHF, the rate of readmission within 30 days reaches 25%. The estimated cost for unplanned rehospitalizations in 2004 was $17.4 billion. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services penalizes hospitals for high rates of readmission within 30 days of discharge for patients with CHF, MI, and pneumonia. Although there is no…show more content…
COPD is characterized by obstruction of airflow in the airways, which includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and chronic asthma. This is usually an irreversible disease and progressively worsens over time. Majority of the time a respiratory therapist will see multiple COPD patients almost their entire shift. Stefanni (2015) emphasizes that, “COPD is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in the United States, trailing only heart disease and cancer as the third leading cause of death, with associated treatment costs in the billions”. Patients who are already diagnosed with COPD should be encouraged to take their medication every single day as they last 12 to 24 hours. It is an easy thing to forget; however, encouraging ways of reminders, like an alarm, is quite life saving as well as informing them to not miss a treatment to prevent an exacerbation from occurring. To ease the work of breathing a patient should be taught pursed-lip breathing. In addition, the flu can be a detrimental thing for a COPD patient since it affects the respiratory system and makes it even harder to breathe; therefore, a vaccination should be done every year. Suggesting a pulmonary rehabilitation center will help minimize the symptoms and be very beneficial for the patient’s overall health in the long run. The number one cause of COPD
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