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Purpose: There is limited data demonstrating the effectiveness and appropriate use of a COPD emergency kit. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the use of a COPD emergency kit and its impact on the number of ED visits and/or hospital admissions related to COPD exacerbations. A period of one year prior and one year after prescribing a COPD kit within the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the surrounding community based outpatient clinics will be evaluated. The appropriate use of the COPD emergency kit and/or any reported adverse events will also be evaluated.
Methods: This single center, retrospective chart review will be submitted to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Research and Development committee for approval. Patients diagnosed with COPD who receive a COPD emergency kit will be included. Microsoft’s SQL Server Management Studio 2017 will be utilized in searching the computerized patient record system (CPRS) in identifying and CPRS and interdisciplinary log sheets will be used in collecting patient information. Approximately 160 patients are anticipated to be identified and prescribed a COPD emergency kit between April 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. Baseline information will include patient age, gender, race, clinic location, COPD maintenance treatment at the time of kit distribution, smoking status, severity of disease and pulmonary lung function (if noted) and emergency kit medication(s) prescribed. The primary outcome will be the number of ED visits and/or hospital admissions during one year pre and post prescribing a COPD emergency kit. Secondary outcomes will include any reported adverse event related to the COPD emergency kit medication(s) utilized (drug-drug interaction, new allergy listed on profile, etc.). Appropriate use of the COPD emergency kit will additionally be evaluated. All data will be recorded without patient identifiers and maintained in a confidential and secured electronic file.
Results: Pending upon completion of research
Conclusion: Pending upon completion of research
Pejman Farrokh– PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, Martinsburg VA Medical Center, Falling Waters, WV