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Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with COPD

COPD is a commonly encountered disease in EMS.  What are the most important signs and symptoms to pay attention to? How should an EMS provider treat these patients?


  • Differentiate between emphysema and chronic bronchitis
  • Choose the best medication and procedural interventions for COPD
  • Identify the common causes of COPD


McLendon K., Edemekong PF. "EMS, Field Identification Of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)" [Updated 2019 Apr 10]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2020 Jan-. Available from:

  • Format
  • Duration
    1 Hour
  • Credits
    1 CE
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