Essay about Case Study on Copd

4148 Words Sep 20th, 2011 17 Pages
This is a case study on a 76 year old man.Mr Alan Chari(pseudonym used to protect the identity of a patient),was admitted over night in my department.He is a divorcee who stays with son.He is a retired teacher and his son is permanently employed by a local company as an electrician.He is independent with activities of daily livings but is occasionally limited by his ill health.He used to be a heavy smoker .After realising the burden COPD has on general New Zealand population ,affecting about15% of the adult population over the age of 45 years according to asthmanz( 2010) ,l took this case study to gain in-depth understanding.
Presenting hx
Chari is a known patient with Chronic obstructive airway disease(COPD).He presented with
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An important question your health care provider will ask is how much you have smoked in your lifetime and your exposure to lung irritants. It is very important to answer these questions as accurately as possible.
Diagnostic testing can include lung function tests, such as a spirometry, which measures how much air you are able to move in and out of your lungs. This easy, painless, and noninvasive breathing test is often done regularly to monitor how well treatments are working. A chest X-ray and CT scan of the chest may be done, which can evaluate a number of factors, including the presence of other conditions that may occur with or exacerbate (worsen) COPD, such as pneumonia and congestive heart failure. An arterial blood gas test, is a sample of blood taken from an artery with a needle that measures many parameters of effective breathing, including the oxygen level in your blood.
5-year survival rate for Heart failure: About two-thirds of all patients die within 5 years of diagnosis. (wrongdiagnosis 2010)
According to asthmanz( 2010),COPD is the 4th leading cause of death in New Zealand after cancer, heart disease and stroke.It is ranked 2nd in men and 5th in women with regards to its health impact.COPD is an irreversible disease but is almost entirely preventable by avoiding exposure to tobacco smoke. Over 15% of all smokers are likely to become

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