Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Chronic Respiratory Failure Diagnosis and Documentation

Activity description

There are a variety of risk factors/causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Tobacco smoking is the most common risk factor. COPD is usually associated with an underlying contributing disease; however, not all individuals with symptoms of chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and/or asthma have COPD. According to the GOLD, a post-bronchodilator spirometry with an FEV1/FVC < 0.70 is required to make the diagnosis. 

Chronic respiratory failure (CRF) is the result of the inability of the respiratory system to either adequately provide oxygen to the body or remove carbon dioxide from the body and is classified as either Type 1 or Type 2 respiratory failure. CRF results in the respiratory system’s inability to effectively maintain gas exchange.

Correctly diagnosing COPD and RF is important for appropriate management to decrease symptoms, reduce the frequency and severity of exacerbations, and to improve health status and exercise capacity. 

This on-demand webcast we will discuss common causes of COPD and RF along with how to diagnosis appropriately. We will also describe the diagnostic criteria for Type 1 and Type 2 RF, review acute and chronic RF and their clinical considerations and discuss best management practices. Highlights of key documentation concepts and their application for RF will also be discussed.

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This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and Optum.

Commercial support
No commercial support was received for this activity.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses, physicians and other health care professionals interested in the care of individuals who are experiencing COPD or RF.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define and identify the types of RF
  • Describe diagnostic criteria for COPD and CRF
  • Apply documentation best practices for COPD and CRF
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Clinical Planner 
Optum Health Education

Kelli Graziano, MD
Medical Director
Optum Care

Sage Ukena, NP
Family Nurse Practitioner
Optum Care

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The faculty or planner have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation Statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Optum. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit Designation Statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse Practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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