COPD Health Record Software
People with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) should keep health records to effectively manage their condition and monitor their respiratory health closely. Maintaining a health journal allows individuals with COPD to track symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, or increased mucus production, providing insights into the progression of their lung condition. Recording potential triggers, such as exposure to smoke, allergens, or changes in weather, can help identify factors that worsen their symptoms or lead to exacerbations.
Additionally, tracking measurements like peak flow readings or oxygen saturation levels can provide valuable information on their lung function and how well their treatment is working. Monitoring prescribed medications, including inhalers, corticosteroids, or oxygen therapy, can ensure proper adherence to the recommended treatment plan. Regularly documenting doctor visits, pulmonary function tests, and the outcomes of any respiratory-related procedures can also help individuals communicate effectively with healthcare providers, ensuring timely adjustments to their COPD management and addressing any concerns promptly.
Sample health journal entries that can be entered into Goopatient*:
Date: July 28, 2023
To manage my symptoms, I will avoid #smoke exposure and ensure I take my maintenance inhaler as prescribed. I will also rest and avoid strenuous activities to prevent further strain on my lungs.
Today, I experienced increased shortness of breath and a persistent #cough with mucus production. I also noticed wheezing during #physical_activity.
My symptoms worsened after spending time in a smoky environment during a family gathering yesterday. #smoke
I used my prescribed rescue #inhaler twice today to relieve shortness of breath.
I monitored my #peak_flow readings 564, and they were lower than usual, indicating reduced lung function.
I have scheduled an appointment with my pulmonologist #Dr.Brown next week to discuss my recent symptoms and review my treatment plan.
*These health records are not real, but compiled by Dr. Mike Stanton of the UCLA Health Center. The data that you put in Goopatient is totally private and stored only on your computer.