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World COPD Day 2023: The Vital Role of Monitoring in Managing Progressive Breathing Problems

Understanding COPD:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term encompassing respiratory conditions like chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Marking World COPD Day on 15th November, we spotlight the escalating challenges patients face and emphasise the crucial role of monitoring devices.

The Progression of COPD:

One of the greatest challenges with COPD is its progressive nature. While early stages might present with mild symptoms, such as occasional shortness of breath or mild cough, as the disease progresses, these symptoms can become more pronounced and debilitating. If not appropriately managed, COPD can lead to hospitalisations and a severely compromised quality of life.

Why Monitoring is Essential:

For those with COPD, especially during advanced stages, even slight disruptions in breathing patterns can be cause for concern. Many patients rely on supplemental oxygen or may even be intubated in severe instances. Monitoring devices are indispensable in these situations:

  1. Real-time Data: These devices provide instantaneous feedback about a patient’s oxygen levels, breathing patterns, and other vital parameters, allowing for timely interventions.
  2. Reduced Hospital Admissions: With consistent monitoring, many COPD exacerbations, which might otherwise lead to hospital stays, can be detected early and managed at home.
  3. Support for Intubated Patients: For those unfortunate enough to require intubation, monitoring devices become their lifeline, ensuring the machines support their breathing effectively.

The Promise of BEAMS:

Tutum Medical’s Bedside Equipment Alarm Monitoring System (BEAMS) is transforming how caregivers respond to device alarms, especially in a setting where every second counts. For COPD patients reliant on various machines, BEAMS ensures that the moment a device raises an alarm, it doesn’t go unnoticed, safeguarding the well-being of the patient.

In Recognition of World COPD Day:

As we mark World COPD Day 2023, our thoughts go out to those battling this condition daily. Monitoring devices, and advancements like BEAMS, reinforce our commitment to supporting these individuals, ensuring they receive the best care possible.

Connect with Tutum Medical: If you’re keen to understand how BEAMS can bolster the care of respiratory patients in your facility, reach out to the team at Tutum Medical.

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