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COPD: Education & Willingness
Patient education is important in improving your patient’s skills and ability to cope with the illness and health status. Determining the severity of the COPD requires a stepwise approach based on the severity of the disease. Severity of symptoms, airflow limitations, and exacerbations begins the assessment followed by the presence of complications, respiratory insufficiency, co-morbidities, health status, and the numbers of medications needed to manage the disease are the factors that help to lead to a recommended treatment plan. Your patient’s willingness to learn about this will aid them in being successful in their management.

[Reference:COPD, Module B: Complications, Management of COPD, Page 10] www.athenaforum.com

Women’s Health: Reducing Risks
Cardiovascular risks for women points to contributing factors such as smoking, absent exercising, and high fat diets as well as the need to change attitudes and behaviors. One important intervention that addresses the consumption of food and has been shown to affect hypertension is the DASH diet. Strong in nutritional benefits and specific in amount, the food groups provide greater good from grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts in larger quantities and meat/fish/poultry, dairy products, fats and sweets in limited or smaller portions to reducing the risk in heart disease. Find the daily serving sizes on the chart for these food groups at:

[Reference: WH, Module D: The Case Manager’s Role, page 7]
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
Pause for a Moment:
Under promise and over Deliver….your extra special patient care. Rather than offering only what is required and nothing more…we often short change the many opportunities available for us in delivering that extra spark and service that could make their day, as well as yours. And it need not be big or costly. Giving more than what is expected can not only build great reputations for you and your Team but also turns your satisfied patients into delighted ones.

UV Safety Month
In the Headlines . . .
“Extreme heat can kill”
High temperatures with rising heat indexes and other associated summer exposures can be dangerous and deadly to everyone if precautions are not taken seriously. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a special website with resources in various languages and directions to help you talk with your patients. There are more deaths as a result of this than hurricanes, lightening, floods and earthquakes combined. Do you know what extreme heat is and what can be done to stay safe and healthy?

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“NTOCC Impact”
The Spring Newsletter from National Transitions of Care Coalitions (NTOCC) is now available and provides a glimpse into a recent visit to Washington D.C. Presenting a multifaceted approach in promoting case management and targeting Communication: a key strategy for effective transitions of care, the large delegation had ample opportunities to facilitate successful discussions and hopefully make an impression on our legislators. Stay tuned for future updates on NTOCC’s 2009 Goals.
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Connie Sunderhaus Connie Sunderhaus, RN-BC, CCM
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