Providing anticipatory care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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Providing anticipatory care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Margaret Barnett Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease nurse specialist, Chest Clinic, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, Devon

This article describes an initiative pioneered by the Met Office which uses weekly weather forecasts to enable the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) outreach team in Plymouth to target patients most at risk of developing exacerbations. An active management plan is implemented during the winter to help prevent further deterioration in the patient’s condition and possible hospital admissions.

Nursing Standard. 21, 9,41-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.11.21.9.41.c6409

Correspondence

Margaret.Barnett@pcs-tr.swest.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review