Long term oxygen therapy
and quality of life in elderly patients hospitalized due to severe exacerbation of COPD.
The HRI group support patients in their own homes including those needing long term oxygen therapy
The programs are "The Changing Face of Long Term Oxygen Therapy
" presented by Richard Casaburi, MD, PhD and "Women and Heart Disease Across the Lifespan from Pre- to Postmenopause" presented by Kathy Berra, MSN, RN, APN.
The evidence for prescription of Long Term Oxygen Therapy is well established whereas the evidence for supply of ambulatory and training oxygen is less robust.
The evidence for prescription of Long Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT) is well established (Medical Research Council Working Party 1981, Nocturnal Oxygen Therapy Trial Group 1980) in contrast to that for ambulatory and training oxygen.
And although there is general awareness that stopping smoking will slow the decline in lung function and patients with severe COPD can benefit from long term oxygen therapy
, there is a perception that little can be done, beyond these two interventions.