Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at TrustPoint Rehab Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at TrustPoint Rehab Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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COPD Exacerbation Signs, Symptoms & Effects

At TrustPoint Hospital we believe education is an important first step in the effort to heal from COPD exacerbation. Understanding the signs, symptoms, and effects of COPD exacerbation can help you get the right type and level of care for yourself or a loved one.

Understanding COPD Exacerbation

Learn about COPD Exacerbation

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a medical diagnosis used to describe certain diseases of the lungs. Those who are suffering from emphysema, severe asthma (also known as refractory asthma), chronic bronchitis, and forms of bronchiectasis are diagnosed with COPD when they unable to breathe and experience breathlessness even when not engaging in strenuous or physical activity. Additionally, when these individuals do engage in strenuous or physical activity, being able to breathe on one’s own can prove to be quite difficult and lead to the onset of other medical concerns as a result.

Should the symptoms of COPD become worse and bring about symptoms that warrant medical attention, a person will then be treated for COPD exacerbation. COPD exacerbation is serious and should be quickly addressed by qualified medical professionals who can administer COPD treatment needed to prevent more serious outcomes.


Statistics on COPD Exacerbation

According to the American Lung Association, COPD affects as many as eleven million people in the United States, and is now the third leading cause of death among Americans. Additionally, women are believed to suffer from this disease more often than men due to having smaller lungs and other factors such as female hormone levels. Lastly, smoking tobacco and being exposed to pollutants are the leading contributors to the onset of COPD symptoms. Without treatment, when an individual does not adhere to the recommendations set forth by healthcare providers, or if an infection is contracted while already suffering from COPD, the risk for experiencing COPD exacerbation goes up exponentially.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and Risk Factors for COPD Exacerbation

COPD exacerbation is primarily caused by an infection of the lungs that leads to swelling and irritation within one’s breathing tubes and lungs when already suffering from COPD. As a means of protecting the lungs from further damage, inflammation occurs and compromises an individual’s ability to take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide in an effective manner.

Risk Factors:

  • Continuing to smoke tobacco products or other substances that can cause further lung damage when ingested
  • Contracting viruses that could lead to an infection of the lungs
  • Ongoing exposure to allergens or pollutants

Signs and Symptoms of COPD Exacerbation

The primary symptom of COPD exacerbation is an increase in shortness of breath and being unable to catch one’s breath even after taking the time to relax and compose one’s self. Additionally, the following signs and symptoms are those that may indicate someone is suffering from COPD exacerbation:

  • Changes in mucus
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling as though one has a severe cold or pneumonia
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Increased fatigue
  • Increased heart rate
  • More intense cough
  • Tightness in one’s chest
  • Weight loss
  • Wheezing while breathing

If any of the above signs and symptoms are present, it is important seek medical attention as soon as possible in order to avoid a more serious outcome or to prevent further health complications.

Effects of COPD Exacerbation

Effects of COPD Exacerbation

COPD exacerbation can bring about numerous other medical concerns that can be life-threatening. If preventative measures are not taken to avoid the worsening of COPD symptoms or if treatment is delayed when the signs of COPD exacerbation become apparent, the following effects are likely to occur:

  • Decreased quality of life, including the inability to work, complete daily household tasks, or live an independent life
  • Development of certain forms of cancer
  • Greater chance of becoming dependent upon an oxygen tank or ventilator for breathing
  • Heart attack or other cardiac condition
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased need for more frequent medical care or hospitalization
  • Onset of mental health concerns, including anxiety and depression
Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring Conditions and Disorders

For those who are suffering from COPD and are experiencing an exacerbation of symptoms as the disease progresses, it is common to also suffer from certain co-occurring conditions and disorders. The below listed conditions and disorders are but a few examples of those that can impact the lives of people who are suffering from COPD exacerbation:

  • Anemia
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Cancer
  • Depressive disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Glaucoma
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Other serious lung infections
  • Sleep disorders

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