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Quiz: COPD exacerbations: 5 things EMS providers need to know

How familiar are you with the symptoms and concerns that accompany COPD exacerbations?

The EMS1 Academy is currently featuring “Module 15: Respiratory Emergencies,” a .5-hour accredited course for EMTs. Complete the course to learn more about the pathophysiology of respiration, including examples of the common signs and symptoms a patient with inadequate breathing may present with in an emergency situation. Visit EMS1 Academy to learn more and for an online demo.

By Sean Hulsman

Respiratory distress is one of the most common complaints resulting in a call for EMS. While there are many etiologies for shortness of breath, COPD exacerbation has specific symptoms and concerns of which all providers should be aware.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects approximately 32 million Americans, and it is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Read COPD Exacerbations: 5 things EMS providers need to know, and take this quiz to test your knowledge.