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This module will discuss Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Acute Exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD). It will include the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic interventions, nursing and medical management.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define COPD and Acute Exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD)
  2. Review Pathophysiology
  3. Recognise signs and symptoms of AECOPD
  4. Diagnostic Interventions for identifying AECOPD
  5. Nursing and Medical Management of AECOPD


Burt, L. and Corbridge, S (2013). COPD Exacerbations. American Journal of Nursing, 113 (23), 32 - 43. Retrieved August 15, 2016 from:

Foreman, M.,Milisen, K. & Fulmer, T. (2010). Critical Care Nursing of Older Adults 3rd Ed, Springer Publishing Company, New York, NY.

Howard, P.K. & Steinmann, R.A. (2012). Sheehy's Emergency Nursing: Principles and Practice 8th Ed, Mosby Elsevier, St Louis, Missouri.

Urden, L.D., Stacy, K.M. & Lough, M.E. (2017). Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis & Management 8th Ed, Mosby Elsevier, St Louis, Missouri.

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