Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a health concern that has attracted a lot of interest from the public as well as health care providers. It has, therefore, compelled many institutions and stakeholders involved in healthcare to come up with a detailed assessment guide as well as an overall plan of care. To facilitate easy understanding of issues relating to the health concern, information regarding COPD gets sub-divided to address particular issues. It also enhances better and easy understanding of ideas relating to it as presented.
Medical Intake/ History Review
Patients of COPD among other patients with various health challenges have to have a medical intake history. Patients medical history has to be reviewed before any steps taken in the form of treatment and managing further development of the of COPD condition. The data is critical because it tells and shows more about the patient in terms of the body reaction to certain drugs. It also shows preferred drugs used in addressing other ailments that the person might have faced. There are a variety of treatment options available and used for prevention, management, as well as treatment of COPD. Such medical record will form the framework basis that can shape and determine the best alternative measures that can be used to intervene to address the challenge (Lynes, 2007). It is imperative to note that such kind of information can be shared across health facilities. It can be accessed by health practitioners. This makes it easy to address the health challenge of COPD and related concerns. Sharing of information has to be included in the short term and long term strategies. The bodies concerned have to consider in their plans and guides of managing the health challenge.
Medical Records Providers
Chief Complaint and Subjective History
This contains information that guides health care givers to detect whether somebody is suffering from OCPD. Many health challenges present various symptoms that give health care givers directions and lead that helps them to detect and manage the health concern. For patients experiencing OCPD health challenge, difficulty in breathing that develops over time resulting form external factors such as air pollution, and internal factors such as, heart infection (Hansel & Barnes, 2008). The patients have to describe that conditions that one has lived in over time so that the healthcare givers scan tell possible health care challenge.
Effects of Injury/ Illness on Daily Living
OCPD affects key respiratory organs that include the lung which is an important and sensitive organ. Difficulty in breathing in turn affects other body parts and metabolism because oxygen is critical and important. Hansel and Barnes (2008) in the article Recent advances in the pathophysiology of COPD reaffirmed that this in turn affects how active one becomes, and there has an impact on daily life. It prevents people from engaging in active and activities that require more energy. It, therefore, can affect the lifestyle and career of people to a great extent including changing careers. Depending on the stage and level of development of OCPD, it affects how active one becomes. It gets noted that the more advanced it is the lesser an individual becomes active and engaged in difficult tasks as well as daily chores.
Current Physical Complaints
Most patients complain of pain in the chest and difficulty in breathing. Other patients note discharge and secretion from lungs. Fatigue to the aged noted frequently even when not doing or engaged in a committing act. Depending on the level of development of OCPD, it determines the physical complaints noted and observed.
Past Medical History
There are different Medical types and treatments offered to patients of OCPD. Data and the record have to capture what diagnosis a patient get subjected to over the over the varied time that treatment get initiated and done. The response of the patient to the medicine given has to be noted keenly, and in case it does not work out as expected or reacts negatively to the body; an alternative has to be introduced soonest. Rabe, Wedzicha, Wouters and Welte (2013) in their piece COPD and Comorbidity pointed out that general information and practices of how OCPD get diagnosed and treated in the past has to be availed and shared. From such history, it makes it possible to tell and note the developments that get done regarding the subject and case of OCPD.
Current Medical and Rehabilitation Situation
Research has been continuous and ongoing regarding various technology and medicinal developments regarding treatment, care and prevention of OCPD. The information has to be shared and accessed by many interested parties that touch on prevention strategies and managing the health challenge to those infected. Rehabilitation information of OCPD patients must be clear and clarify the economic factor and cost that proves to be effective and efficient not only to those with the health challenge, but also to the institutions that offer such services. Such institutions have to mentioned and stated in this section giving elaborate details and their contacts of how they can be accessed and reached by those seeking help (Miles & Roberts, 2011). This helps and empowers many people with information and data related to OCPD.
Acquisition of health services includes costs that get catered for directly by the patient or the government. There are numerous methods for treatment of OCPD and their costs vary. Numerous treatment methods get initiated by the level and progress of the disease as well as financial position of the patients (Lynes, 2007). The costs vary depending with the technicality in the processes of treatment methods. Financial section has to note and present information that can empower people relating to the costs incurred for treatment, care and managing the OCPD situation.
Family / Community Support
There are many community organizations that get formed with the sole purpose of helping people with various health concerns including OCPD. Such communal organizations that have offered support in various forms include actions such as rehabilitation, counseling, funding for treatment, and mobilizing for resources from the government. Communal support has impacted greatly on the planning and assessing OCPD and other health concerns and challenges.
With documented outcomes and guidelines showing detailed plans and measures that individuals, community and governments can take regarding the challenge brings positive expectations and outcomes in managing and directing the health concern. Such data is critical as it empowers that entire community on the best practices that help and facilitate early detection, prevention and treatment of OCPD health care concern. Emphasis should be placed on prevention method and strategies both for the short term and long term periods (Rabe et. al., 2013). By focusing and emphasizing of prevention options results into a sustainable method that is manageable not only in the short term but also long term. It expects in the future to note and experience fewer number of cases that get diagnosed with OCPD as a healthcare challenge. Continuous research on the best possible alternatives that can help out in addressing the challenge has to be encouraged
OCPD has impacted in the health sector negatively in many ways. Every individual has a responsibility and role to play regarding the subject. This can happen at any stage of its development and prevention. Planning is important in the short and long term period to manage the health challenge. Guide and assessment should be developed that touch on various issues as presented above that empowers that public with information at large regarding OCPD.
Hansel, T. T., & Barnes, P. J. (2008). Recent advances in the pathophysiology of COPD. Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag.
Lynes, D. (2007). The management of COPD in primary and secondary care: An introduction. Keswick: M & K Pub.
Miles, J., & Roberts, J. (2011). Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. London: Class.
Rabe, K. F., Wedzicha, J. A., Wouters, E. F. M., & Welte, T. (2013). COPD and comorbidity. Sheffield, UK: European Respiratory Society.