Care bundles in the management of COPD
Citation: Lloyd C, Garside J. Care bundles in the management of a COPD exacerbation. British Journal of Nursing. 2018 Jan 11;27(1):47-50.
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What is this? Patients with respiratory conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), may be at higher risk of complications of COVID-19 infection. Existing research on care bundles for managing COPD might provide useful information for patients, practitioners and policy makers.
In this integrative literature review, the authors searched for research on the effects on hospital readmission of care bundles in COPD patients. They restricted their search to studies published between 2002 and 2017. They included 1 prospective cohort study, 1 interrupted time series analysis, 1 feasibility study, 1 systematic review, and 2 randomized trials.
What was found: Care bundles may reduce readmission and length of stay, and improve care quality for COPD patients, but the results of the research included in this review are inconsistent and inconclusive.
Common elements of care bundles include pharmacological interventions, smoking cessation programs, pulmonary rehabilitation and patient education.
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