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The Last Gasps: Relieving the Sufferings of the End-Stage COPD Patient


The Last Gasps: Relieving the Sufferings of the End-Stage COPD Patient with James Avery

CE/CME Offered:

CE/CME Credit Available: Nurse

Member Price:  $35.00
Non-Member Price:  $70.00

Payment Options:
Length: 1.5 hours
Description: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the only major chronic disease that is increasing in prevalence and mortality in the United States and it is the fourth leading cause of death. It is consistently listed among the top five non-cancer admitting diagnoses for hospice programs nationally. Yet, knowledge about palliative and end-of-life care for patients with end-stage COPD is sadly limited. In this seminar, we will discuss the pathophysiology of COPD, the natural course of this disease, the challenges of prognostication, and practical ways that we can help relieve the suffering that is all to common for these patients during their final months and weeks. This seminar will be appropriate for all members of the interdisciplinary team including physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, chaplains, volunteers and complimentary referral sources in your community.


  • Describe the basic epidemiology and pathophysiology of COPD
  • Discuss the natural course of COPD
  • Identify the challenges of prognostication of patients with COPD
  • Cite non-pharmacologic ways to relieve the sufferings of patients with end-stage COPD
  • Cite pharmacologic ways to relieve the sufferings of patients with end-stage COPD
Subject Matter Experts:

James Avery


Planners: Barbara L. Bouton, MA, FT, and Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN, RN, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Faculty: James Avery. James Avery has no relevant financial relationships to disclose

CE/CME Credit Hours: Nurse: 1.5 Contact Hours
Social Work: 1.5 Contact Hours
Completion: In order to complete this online activity, participants must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have access to the course for 90 days from the date of purchase.

Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
NHPCO designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity..

Course Release Date:


Course Review Date: 3/11/2016

Course Expiration Date:


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