Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD encompasses any of a group of lung diseases that have certain characteristics in common. These include increased resistance to air movement, extended expiratory phase of respiration, and loss of the normal elasticity of the lung. Examples of COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

COPD is caused by chronic tobacco smoking (primary risk factor), occupational exposures, air pollution and genetic factors. Symptoms include: dyspnoea on exertion, chronic cough and sputum production.

What is COPD?

Learn more about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): ResMed’s treatment solution and documented patient outcomes.

Treatment options

In most cases, if someone with COPD has an acute attack, they are often admitted to hospital and given noninvasive ventilation. But once they are sent home, the standard therapy is currently either pharmacology or oxygen. However, NIV may also be an option. Noninvasive ventilation (NIV) is increasingly used in treating patients with COPD.

Treatment options

Treatment options

In most cases, if someone with COPD has an acute attack, they are often admitted to hospital and given noninvasive ventilation. But once they are sent home, the standard therapy is currently either pharmacology or oxygen. However, NIV may also be an option. Noninvasive ventilation (NIV) is increasingly used in treating patients with COPD.

Patient outcomes

Patient outcomes

There are many positive outcomes for COPD patients being treated with NIV.