The Quiet Killer: Emphysema/Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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The Quiet Killer opens the door into the often unpublicized world of emphysema and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), offering new hope and insight for sufferers and their loved ones. COPD/emphysema, the fourth most common cause of death, is this nation's most rapidly growing health problem. Chapters written by medical professionals, caregivers, and family members combine to provide an important resource for the medical practitioner. Information is included on the growing options available for COPD sufferers. The Quiet Killer also discusses managing the advanced stages of the illness as well as palliative care and end-of-life issues. It includes information about living with mechanical ventilation, as well as nontraditional approaches to COPD treatment, hospice care, and patient advocacy. This valuable research-based resource provides a wide array of information in one handy volume. It will be a welcome addition to medical and hospital collections.

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From The Critics
Taken together, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema represent the fourth most common cause of death today. This volume contains 25 contributions from clinicians, researchers, and health educators on dealing with advanced stage COPD/Emphysema. A sampling of topics includes managing dyspnea, traveling with mechanical ventilation, encouraging patients to quit smoking, self- help groups, and hospice care. The volume is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810841734
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,527,628
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

The American Institute of Life-Threatening Illness and Loss, a division of The Foundation of Thanatology, was established to promote improvements in psychology and medical care of critically ill patients. It is a public, nonprofit organization based at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York and is directly affiliated with professionals in numerous medical and psychological fields, making it the only organization of its kind.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 PART I: Managing Advanced-Stage COPD/Emphysema Chapter 2 1 Managing Dyspnea Chapter 3 2 Nocturnal Ventilatory Support in Enhancing Rehabilitation Potential Chapter 4 3 Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation With COPD/Emphysema Chapter 5 4 Thriving, Not Just Surviving: Practical Techniques for Living With Mechanical Ventilation Chapter 6 5 South to Alaska: Traveling With Mechanical Ventilation Chapter 7 6 Lung Transplantation for COPD Chapter 8 7 Lung Volume Reduction Surgery and the National Emphysema Treatment Trial Chapter 9 8 Marital Stress and Coping With A1AD Emphysema Chapter 10 9 We're More Than a Chart: Treating the Whole Person Chapter 11 10 Smoking Cessation Chapter 12 11 COPD and 'steoporosis Chapter 13 12 Self-Help Groups for Life-Threatening Illnesses: Support for Behavior Change Chapter 14 13 Taking Control of Our Health and Medical Destiny Chapter 15 14 Nontraditional Approaches to COPD Chapter 16 15 Mind-Body Connection and COPD Chapter 17 16 Methods for Getting Physicians to Accept Self-Help Groups Part 18 PART II: Palliative Care and End-of-Life Issues Chapter 19 17 Controlling COPD Symptoms Chapter 20 18 Palliative Care for Sleep and Sleep Disorders in COPD Chapter 21 19 Conversations With Patients About Palliative Care for Advanced COPD Chapter 22 20 End-of-Life Decisions in A1AD: Results of a Survey Chapter 23 21 Hospice Care and COPD Chapter 24 22 Hospice Care for Patients With Advanced COPD Chapter 25 23 Self-Help Groups and Members at Advanced Disease Stages Chapter 26 24 Patient Advocacy: A Multidisiplinary Mandate Chapter 27 25 Last Acts: A National Coalition to Improve Care and Caring Near the End of Life

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