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Apria's COPD Patient Education

Better Assessment and Patient Education Mean Better Outcomes

Education and assessment are crucial parts of caring for COPD patients. Proper assessment is important to determine the right treatment path. This is why we have clinicians on staff to administer all assessments and deliver one-on-one patient education. Click here to learn how easy it is to start a patient with Apria services.

Qualified Staff

  • Assessment - Pulse oximetry testing and physical examination are conducted by a Respiratory Therapist
  • Education - In-person education is provided by a registered, certified, and/or licensed clinician


Studies show improved outcomes for COPD patients receiving disease state education from a medical professional:

  • COPD disease state education delivered by a medical professional may reduce the need for follow-on clinical care for COPD patients by 85%, as compared to those not receiving the education1

One-on-one patient education:

  • All new medication and nebulizer patients placed on service with Apria will receive disease state education from Apria upon receipt of a signed plan of treatment
  • Education will be provided by a Registered, Certified, and/or Licensed Clinician

Education topics include, but are not limited to:

  • What is COPD?
  • Home oxygen care
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Home safety
  • Traveling with oxygen
  • COPD resource guide



Studies show that:

  • Daytime desaturation is the only independent predictor of mean nocturnal saturation2
  • 49.2% of patients with COPD with a resting saturation of <95% will desaturate at night3

Assessment service delivery:

  • Overnight oximetries for patients on medications and/or nebulizers with Apria
  • One-time overnight oximetries for all other patients with a signed order
  • Pre-oxygen discharge oximetry



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  1. Resp Medicine. March 2000, Vol 94, Issue 3, pp 279-287.
  2. Respiratory Medicine. 1999, Vol 93, Issue 3, pp 202-07.
  3. Thorax. 2009 Feb; 64(2):133-8.

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