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A CMOH order remains in effect that requires continuous masking at all AHS and Covenant facilities provincewide.

Standardized Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Order Sets

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) continues to challenge the health and wellness of many Albertans. As of 2009/10, COPD is responsible for the highest number of patient hospitalizations in Alberta. A standardized order set for admission from Emergency Departments was created to enhance patient management with a potential to decrease length of stay. The order sets focus on enhancing management in the following areas:

  • Streamlined admission process for COPD patients and their inpatient care
  • Increased access to allied health consults and their interventions (resulting in increased patient confidence and an earlier transition home)
  • Standardized antibiotic and corticosteroid use
  • Early discharge planning

A successful pilot has been completed at the Peter Lougheed Hospital and further deployment of the order sets to Calgary area hospitals will be completed by December 2014.