Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is comprised primarily of two related diseases: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. In both diseases, the flow of air through the airways and out of the lungs is chronically obstructed. The obstruction generally is permanent and progressive over time. Sentara Home Care Services
believes people with COPD can lead active and full lives. By diagnosing the disease early, treating symptoms, reducing the risk of complications and educating patients and families about COPD, our home care staff aims to improve patients' quality of life. Our goal is to help people with COPD take charge of their breathing and regain or maintain control of their lives by becoming actively involved in the management of their disease.
Some patients with COPD may benefit from oxygen therapy
, which is necessary when blood does not have enough oxygen. Some people with COPD need oxygen only with activity or while sleeping. Many people with COPD need oxygen all the time (24 hours a day).
Oxygen saturation levels can be measured with a small device that fits over the fingertip (called a pulse oximeter). This is done while the patient is resting and walking. These measures can determine the best oxygen settings to use for rest, sleep and activity. To achieve the most benefit, patients need to use oxygen exactly as prescribed. Pulmonary rehabilitation services:
Medical and nursing management
Consideration of psychological and social needs
Learn about outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation services
For more information about our COPD Program, or to arrange care for a patient or a family member, call (757) 553-3000 or (888) 461-5649.