COPD 101 to be held April 16

On Tuesday, April 16, Mile Bluff Medical Center will hold "COPD 101: Learn more, breathe easier."

This event will give participants an opportunity to listen to a presentation about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, participate in screenings, and stop at informational booths.

Ann Meicher, director of Respiratory Services at Mile Bluff, will be the presenter at the vent. She will explain what COPD is and what happens in the lungs of someone with the disease. She will share statistics, risk factors, and causes for COPD, as well as diagnosis and treatment options. Through Ann's presentation, you will learn about COPD and how managing the disease is possible.

All participants will have the opportunity to have their oxygen level checked. A COPD Population Screening will also be available for everyone to complete.

Pharmacists from Mile Bluff, will be on hand to talk to participants about the medications used to manage lung disease and general medication safety. A representative from Lincare, an oxygen company, will be there to inform guests about oxygen, nebulizers and oxygen devices. Information about smoking cessation will also be available.

A pulmonary rehabilitation nurse will also be available to answer any questions about the Pulmonary Rehab program at Mile Bluff. Pulmonary Rehab is a program shown to improve shortness of breath, the ability to preform the activities of daily living, and quality of life in individuals with COPD. If someone is interested in finding out more about Pulmonary Rehab - the staff can make sure you qualify, receive a referral, and check into insurance coverage.

To register, call the Health Promotion department at 608-847-1845.