In this episode, we focus on the importance of early intervention required to prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations and premature death with Dr Raja Murugesan, Clinical Lead for Respiratory Medicine both in Manchester and Greater Manchester.
Dr Raja Murugesan would like his take-home messages to be:
- COPD in the UK still accounts for 30,000 deaths annually in the UK, however if we can act early, then we can prevent these deaths from happening and prevent unnecessary, emergency hospital admissions.
- Even one moderate exacerbation can cause premature death so we need to be proactive in picking up these patients, getting the diagnosis right and have the correct interventions in place.
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