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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Patient Management

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  • You must score 70% or better to pass this test.
  • Select one answer for each question.
  • Review your selections before submitting the test for grading.
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1. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is characterized by:

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2. The most effective action in preventing the development of COPD is teaching patients to:

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3. A 70-year-old female patient states that she quit smoking five years ago after having smoked regularly for many years. Which statement likely best explains why she is experiencing greater-than-normal difficulty breathing for her age?

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4. One “pack-year” is the equivalent of having smoked one pack of cigarettes:

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5. In the breathing of a patient with normal lungs:

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6. Emphysema is characterized by:

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7. Chronic bronchitis is characterized by:

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8. When a patient with asthma also smokes cigarettes, he or she is:

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9. A male patient with chronic emphysema asks the clinician why he becomes so tired “just sitting and taking deep breaths.” The clinician knows the patient has understood the explanation of the physiology leading to his clinical symptoms when the patient responds:

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10. Pulmonary hypertension in COPD is associated with a:

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11. The main reason a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease first presents for care is:

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12. Which statement best describes coughing associated with COPD?

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13. The key element in the health history of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is:

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14. Patients with emphysematous chronic obstructive pulmonary disease tend to sit in a tripod position in order to:

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15. The blood gas analysis for a patient in the later stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will usually show:

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16. In a patient with COPD, the amount of air that can be exhaled in one second (FEV1) after taking a full breath:

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17. When differentiating between asthma and COPD, the clinician is aware that:

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18. Which statement by the patient’s husband indicates that he understands how best to slow the progression of his wife’s chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

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19. When educating patients with COPD regarding energy conservation, a clinician encourages patients to:

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20. Which is not one of the “Five As” utilized by clinicians when counseling patients who smoke?

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21. Nicotine replacement therapy is effective in helping patients to stop smoking by:

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22. Which is not a recommendation for a patient with chronic bronchitis to help keep their airways clear?

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23. Which is not a recommendation for a female patient with emphysema who is having difficulty maintaining an adequate weight?

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24. Which is not a true statement regarding the role of exercise training in pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with COPD?

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25. When teaching a patient pursed-lip breathing, the clinician states:

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26. Which pharmacologic therapy is used most regularly in patients with COPD?

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27. Which instruction does the clinician provide when teaching a patient how to use a metered-dose inhaler?

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28. Short-acting beta agonist medications prescribed for COPD act by:

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29. Which is a correct statement regarding oxygen therapy for patients with COPD?

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30. A male patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has a partial pressure of arterial oxygen (PaO2) level that intermittently falls below 55 mmHg when he is home, especially during the night and with activity. The respiratory therapist teaches the patient to administer oxygen therapy:

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31. Surgical procedures for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are:

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32. Which is a correct statement regarding lung volume reduction surgery?

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33. Acute exacerbations of COPD are commonly caused by:

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34. Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who have an acute exacerbation:


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