The importance of understanding air pollution in nursing practice Heather Henry explains how this environmental threat is affecting the nation’s health 1 comment Identifying and managing seasonal exacerbations of COPD Anne Rodman looks at the complications which can be caused by the change of the seasons Common comorbidities in COPD – providing patient-centred care COPD management must incorporate looking for and treating several other conditions The link between COPD and good nutrition during COVID-19 Sara Patience looks at the advice nurses in primary care can give to patients with this common disorder The COPD review – taking a holistic approach in primary care Beverley Bostock details the risks of malnutrition in the treatment of COPD, and how to treat it Shielding people with COPD from COVID-19: what you need to know How to take care of patients with respiratory conditions during the pandemic 2 comments Seven steps to spirometry: Management in primary care Chris Loveridge updates what primary care nurses need to know about performing diagnostic spirometry 1 comment The overlap between asthma and COPD: a case study Many patients have contemporaneous features of asthma and COPD, and it is estimated that a significant proportion of these patients have asthma-COPD overlap, write Emma Ray and Carol Kelly Cost-effective inhaler device prescribing for COPD Stephen Gundry explains how nurses can choose the best device for their patients Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease’s impact on mental health Beverley Bostock-Cox explains why nurses need to consider the mental effects of the condition Managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary care Stephen Gundry explains how nurses can ensure that patients with this life-long condition are well managed Using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques in COPD Symptoms of COPD can be managed with cognitive behavioural therapy, says Karen Heslop-Marshall The primary care nurse’s guide to winter respiratory disease Stephen Gundry on the seasonal illnesses you can expect to see in your practice right now Malnutrition: The forgotten factor in COPD management? Gail Rimington details the nurse’s role in promoting good nutrition amongst respiratory patients Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: diagnosis and management Hetal Dhruve details what primary care nurses need to know to effectively manage this condition 2 comments What is Rightbreathe and how might patients benefit from it? Darush Attar-Zadeh explains how the app can help clinicians select the correct inhaler for their patients Integrating nutrition into pathways for patients with COPD Community nurses are perfectly placed to spot malnutrition in patients with COPD, writes Matthew Hodson Encouraging patients with COPD to stop smoking Smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke is a risk factor for COPD exacerbation explains Darush Attar-Zadeh Short burst oxygen therapy in COPD: a practice nurse's guide Michael Scott provides the evidence around short burst oxygen therapy, so that practice nurses can advise their patients appropriately New ways of treating COPD: patient focused prescribing A guide to selecting the right device for the appropriate patient. By Beverley Bostock-Cox 1 comment Prescribing inhaled bronchodilators and inhaler devices Inhaled bronchodilators act on the airways, including the trachea, the bronchi and bronchioles. Improving COPD interventions Two case studies show treatment options to help heavy smokers with COPD, writes Darush Attar-Zadeh. Pollution: The lungs and beyond Pollution is one of the most detrimental factors to public health, writes Mark Greener Suspect, screen and sort: diagnosing COPD early Early diagnosis is vital in helping a patient recover, write Jane Scullion and Steve Holmes COPD increases sudden cardiac death risk Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with approximately 30% increase in the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), according to a Dutch study that enrolled 13,471 people aged at least 45 years.