The COPD Clinic at the WMHS Center for Clinical Resources is staffed by respiratory therapists who provide you with one-on-one education and support to help you manage your lung disease. Any time you visit the COPD Clinic, you always are welcome to bring a support person with you.
The respiratory therapists work with your physician and serve as another set of "eyes and ears.” Nurse practitioners and pharmacists also are available in the COPD Clinic to assist with you managing your medications. The team uses videos, printed materials and hands-on instruction to help you understand:
- Your respiratory system and your disease process
- How your medications work and how to use them properly
- The signs and symptoms of a flare up and how to manage it most effectively
The respiratory therapists can assist you with questions or issues you may have with your respiratory equipment, such as home oxygen, CPAP, nebulizers, inhalers, etc. They also can provide education and other related resources to help you quit smoking.
Once you are established in the COPD Clinic, the therapists are available to answer your questions and can even help you with a flare-up, especially if your physician is not available.
For more information about how the COPD Clinic at the WMHS Center for Clinical Resources can help you, please call 240-964-8787.
- Click HERE for a pdf of the Center for Clinical Resources Provider Referral Form (Diabetes, Heart Failure and COPD Services)