Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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COPD Zone Sheet & Symptom Log

What is it?

The COPD Zone Sheet and Symptom Log can be used to help monitor COPD symptoms.

How can it help me?

The COPD Zone Sheet and Symptom Log can be used to monitor COPD symptoms and recognize when flare-up or emergency occurs. These tools help identify flare-ups early so that your loved one can get the necessary treatment to keep them healthy at home and avoid trips to the emergency department.

Use questions on the Zone Sheet to know when your loved one is doing well (green zone), when they need to call a doctor (yellow zone), and when they need to go to the hospital (red zone) based on their symptoms.

COPD Zone Sheet

Asking the questions below daily can help determine which zone your loved one is in:
  • Have they used their rescue/blue inhalers or oxygen more often?
  • Is there any change in their breathing (e.g., takes longer to walk, may have more difficulty on stairs, unable to speak after walking)?
  • Are they able to participate in usual daily activities?
  • Are they complaining of having chest pain? Is this new or more frequent?
  • Any changes in their sputum (e.g., changes in amount, colour, consistency)?
  • Any changes in their appetite?

GREEN ZONE

  • No fever
  • No increase in shortness of breath
  • No increase in the amount, thickness or stickiness of mucous (phlegm or sputum)

ALL CLEAR

Continue activities as usual

YELLOW ZONE

  • No increase in the amount, thickness or stickiness of mucous (phlegm or sputum)
  • New cough, or a cough that is worse than usual
  • Increased or new shortness of breath
  • A change in colour, amount, or thickness from normal mucous (phlegm or sputum)
  • Fever above 38° Celsius (100.4° Fahrenheit)

WARNING ZONE

Call physician

RED ZONE

  • Struggling to breathe or can't catch their breath
  • Heart is "racing"
  • Can't think clearly or feeling confused
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Have sudden chest pain that won't go away

EMERGENCY

Call 911

ImageTake medications as instructed by your nurse or physician
ImageBalance activity with regular breaks to rest
ImageUse practiced breathing techniques and write down breathing symptoms to discuss at next appointment

Daily Symptom Log

NOTE: IF YOU GAIN TWO (2) POUNDS IN ONE DAY, OR FIVE (5) POUNDS IN ONE WEEK, PLEASE CALL YOUR DOCTOR TODAY.
Bring this sheet along to discuss during your loved one's appointments.
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