In recognition of National COPD Awareness month in November, Governor Nikki Hailey issued a proclaimation. Here’s why…
1. 367,000 South Carolinians have COPD, enough to fill Williams-Brice Stadium 4.5 times
2. 15 million currently diagnosed nationally
3. 12 million undiagnosed cases in the US
4. According to a 2013 survey, SC has a 7.1% prevalence rate (9.3% the highest and 3.9% the lowest)
5. COPD costs South Carolina 527 Million in 2014
So, Go Orange on social media to show your support!
To learn more please visit http://www.copdfoundation.org/.
The SCSRC Disease Management Section will be hosting the inaugural SC COPD Update next month, please click the link for more info.
The Midlands Region directors are planning a one-day COPD Update meeting that will include speakers from Duke University, the COPD foundation, RT navigators and others. There will also be an open forum discussion regarding what is currently going on in the world of COPD management.
The cost for the meeting is:
This will be the 4th consecutive year for the COPD Symposium in Charlotte hosted by Department of Public Health. Details to follow!
"Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in South Carolina and affects approximately 15 percent of the adult population. Unfortunately, recent data suggests that almost half of the COPD-affected population in South Carolina remains undiagnosed. Despite good evidence-based guidelines for optimal care of COPD, the diagnosis, management, and outcomes for the disease are suboptimal and care is too often fragmented. Although tobacco cessation and avoidance are slowly advancing in South Carolina, 20 percent of COPD occurs in non-smokers, and this percentage will likely increase in the coming years. Therefore, a strategic plan must include other initiatives in addition to smoking cessation.
COPD is a disease that reflects notable disparities in South Carolina: less than 50 percent of COPD patients completed high school, and African-American males are a group with relatively high rates of undiagnosed disease. Individuals who have COPD need a variety of services to optimize their care, including access to medications, durable medical equipment providers, pulmonary rehabilitation services, and knowledgeable health care providers who understand and screen for the co-morbidities frequently associated with COPD. (more…)