UpcomingFunctional Assessment & Treatment of COPD Patients: A Primer for Home Care Field Staff

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  • February 12, 2019
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Program Information:

  • Functional Assessment and Treatment of COPD Patients: A Primer for Home Care Field Staff
  • An evidence-based educational program providing insights and relevant information on assessment and treatment strategies for home care patients suffering from the effects of COPD
  • Webinar presentation, scheduled for February 12 2019, from 1-2:30 pm


Target Audience:

  • Program is geared towards Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Registered Nurses, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapy Assistants working directly with patients suffering the effects of COPD



Upon completion of the Webinar:

  • Attendees will be able to provide a basic description of how healthy lungs function in normal gas exchange
  • Attendees will be able to provide basic description of how COPD impairs this gas exchange function.
  • Attendees will be able to describe 3 ways in which skeletal muscle function is impaired in COPD
  • Attendees will be able to describe the effects of hyperinflation of the lungs on at least 3 ADL’s,
  • Attendees will be able to implement at least 3 different functional field tests appropriate for assessment of COPD home health patients
  • Attendees will be able to set parameters for 2 different types of home exercise program strategies appropriate for COPD home health patients


Course Outline:

  • Scope and prevalence of the condition, including risk factors
  • Discussion of normal lung functions
  • How COPD affects lung function
  • The impact of COPD on skeletal muscle function, in particular lower extremity function.
  • Evidence-based functional field tests for assessment of COPD patients.
  • The impact of energy conservation techniques
  • Review of exercise protocols/treatment regimens for the COPD patient.
  • Practice questions
  • Wrap up, questions/discussion



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