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Comorbidities in Complex Patients: Pulmonary

presented by Cheryl Lehman

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Financial: Cheryl Lehman receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Cheryl Lehman has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course gives students an overview of medical co-morbidities that can be found in the post-acute care setting, focusing pulmonary care. With patient acuity changing in this setting, patients with the potential for multiple medical co-morbidities are more likely to be admitted, especially in those experiencing obstructive sleep apnea and COPD. Examples of medical co-morbidities will be shared, along with clinical pearls on focusing assessment and interventions on managing the complex patient. This course is appropriate for licensed nurses working in any setting, but particularly targets those in rehabilitation, long term care and home health.

This course is a part of a series discussing comorbidities in complex patients, including the following topics:

Cardiac and Vascular | Pulmonary | Renal | Neurologic | Endocrine | Digestive | Hematologic

Meet Your Instructor

Cheryl Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, CRRN

Dr. Cheryl Lehman has been a registered nurse since graduating from the Decatur Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1978. Since that time, she earned a BSN from Maryville University-St. Louis in 1990; an MSN in Adult Health Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston in the Clinical Nurse Specialist role…

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1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This chapter reviews a variety of pulmonary conditions that are often seen in the patient population in the post-acute setting, beginning with obstructive sleep apnea and asthma. Pulmonary conditions have the potential to lead to patient complications and respiratory distress. Post-acute care nurses are responsible for possessing the knowledge and skills to competently care for these patients.

2. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

This chapter discusses Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and the responsibilities of the nurse working with patients experiencing this condition. Post-acute care nurses are responsible for possessing the knowledge and skills to competently care for these patients.

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