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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the clinical term for the group of disorders that are associated with the chronic obstruction of airflow into and out of the lungs. Thousands of people suffer from breathing problems associated with asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis (a restrictive lung disease).
Chronic lung diseases cannot be cured; however, they are treatable. At Mercy General Hospital, we provide expert treatment for COPD patients. Treatment includes working with your healthcare professional, taking your medications as directed, starting an exercise program and maintaining overall good health.
Mercy has developed a special guideline for treatment and care of patients with COPD. These guidelines will be used by you and your caregivers to help you recover as quickly as possible.
Below is a day-to-day guide of what you may expect to occur during your stay at the hospital. This is only a guideline – your progress may vary due to your own unique situation and health status.
You will also receive instructions and be given information on what COPD is, acute vs. chronic COPD, prevention of recurrent hospitalizations and self- management skills.
For more information about Dignity Health's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services, call 916.453.4268.