Telesorveglianza durante un episodio di riacutizzazione di BPCO

Translated title of the contribution: Telesurveillance during an episode of COPD exacerbation

Michele Vitacca, G. Assoni, A. Guerra, P. Pizzocaro, L. Marchina, D. Baratti, G. Martinelli, S. Scalvini, B. Balbi

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A patient affected by a severe COPD and hypoxemic chronic respiratory insufficiency under a telemedicine program requested a telephone contact showing signs of exacerbation with saturimetric worsening: he sent saturimetric tracings via a modem system which confirmed the relapsing situation. Seven telephone calls sheduled by a nurse tutor, 3 requests for saturimetric tracing, a change in drug therapy from a pulmonologist, a contact with the General Practitioner, the recovery from acute event with a new clinical stability is described. In conclusion, clinical and instrumental monitoring via a telematic program for patients affected by severe COPD and hypoxemic chronic respiratory insufficiency and the home care of a severe relapse is feasible if a well conducted program of telemedicine, a daily nurse tutoring, a saturimetric tracing and a pneumological second opinion are available.

Translated title of the contributionTelesurveillance during an episode of COPD exacerbation
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)46-53
Number of pages8
JournalRassegna di Patologia dell'Apparato Respiratorio
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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