SAN DIEGO (November 15, 2019)—For COPD Awareness Month, ResMed has published an online repository containing educational materials on the condition for patients and health care professionals.

The resource—resmed.com/copd—explains what COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is, tips for patients living with it, latest research and leading treatments—including noninvasive ventilation and oxygen therapy, both of which have seen dramatic improvements in recent years in pursuit of helping those living with COPD live fuller, more comfortable lives at home.

Patients and health care providers can also sign up for alerts when new research or treatment options come out.

“COPD is one of the leading causes of death, both across the globe and in the U.S., and that number is projected to increase by more than 30 percent over the next decade,” said ResMed Respiratory Care President Richie McHale. “It’s more important than ever that we support and educate the growing COPD community with readily available information that can help improve quality of life for millions.”

COPD Facts

  • In 2015, there were 251 million cases of COPD worldwide. The estimated total prevalence is over 380 million.
  • COPD cost the U.S. health care system an estimated $50 billion annually.
  • In 2012, U.S. patients hospitalized for an acute COPD exacerbation cost $14 billion.

Visit resmed.com/copd for more information.