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CMC Offers FREE COPD Workshop at Art Circle Library Nov. 10

Posted on November 3, 2016

COPD Patients and Caregivers encouraged to attend

Cumberland Medical Center and the COPD Foundation will hold a free educational COPD COPD Foundationworkshop on Thursday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Art Circle Library in Crossville. With registration, guests will receive a free spirometry screening and a free lunch. 
     The foundation defines COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) as an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.          
     According to the COPD Foundation, nearly nine percent of Tennesseans are affected by COPD, which includes progressive lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. Learning how to manage the condition can empower patients to increase their quality of life and help reduce their risk of hospital readmissions. 
     Both those with COPD and caregivers of those with COPD are encouraged to attend. The workshop will provide in-depth information on medications, medical equipment, oxygen use, and nutrition as well as living wills and power of attorney documents.
     “We are excited to partner with Cumberland Medical Center for this workshop,” says COPD Foundation Community Programs Manager, Stephanie Williams, who is also a registered respiratory therapist. “I hope everyone will come to learn ways they can make the most of each and every day.”
      Registration is requested because space is limited. To register, please visit http://copdf.co/COPDCROSSVILLE or call Stephanie Williams at (615) 697-3718.
     Please note: Patients requiring supplemental oxygen should bring enough for a five hour program. If backup oxygen is required, patients must bring a copy of their prescriptions, and should indicate the need during pre-registration.

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