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By David Bellamy

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COPD (the spectrum of ailments together with power bronchitis, emphysema, long-standing irreversible bronchial asthma and small airlines sickness) is among the commonest and critical respiration issues noticeable in fundamental care. This up to date 3rd version exhibits tips on how to deal with COPD in fundamental care - effectively and with important results on your sufferers.

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In a healthy individual this forced expiratory manoeuvre can normally be completed in three to four seconds, but with increasing airflow obstruction it takes longer to push all the air out of the lungs. In severe COPD it may take up to 15 seconds. Spirometry and lung function tests 37 The volume of air exhaled is plotted on a graph against the time taken to reach maximum exhalation. Volume is plotted on the x (vertical) axis, and time on the y (horizontal) axis. This is known as the volume/time trace.

There are many effective spirometers, from the simple hand-held electronic device costing about £300 to more sophisticated equipment with many other facilities which can cost up to ten times that amount. Primary care needs are for simple, easy-to-use spirometers that preferably produce a hard copy printout of the trace and results. Some spirometers offer the facility for results and traces to be stored on a computer database. This type of equipment usually costs at least £1300. The low-cost hand-held devices do not allow a proper assessment of the quality or reproducibility of the procedure.

Random testing of smokers aged between 35 and 70 years revealed a reduced FEV1 in 18% of all smokers. The percentage with a reduced FEV1 rose to 27% in smokers with cough and to 48% of smokers over 60 years who also had a cough. Mucus in the airways is produced by mucus glands, situated Pathology and pathophysiology 19 mainly in the larger airways, and by goblet cells, found mainly in the lining of the smaller airways. Mucus glands produce about 40 times more mucus than the goblet cells, and it may be that the excess mucus production in smokers not affected by progressive airflow obstruction reflects changes in the large airways.

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