(Answered) NR601 Week 2: COPD Case Study Part 2

Problem-based learning is a methodology designed to help students develop the reasoning process used in clinical practice through problem solving actual patient problems in the same manner as they occur in practice.  The purpose of this activity is to develop students’ clinical reasoning skills using a case-based learning exercise. Through participation in an online discussion forum, students identify learning issues in a self-directed manner which facilitates learning for the entire group. 

Activity Learning Outcomes 

Through this discussion, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in the evaluation and management of common respiratory problems (WO 2.1) (CO 2,3,4,5)
  2. Distinguish between obstructive and restrictive lung disease (CO 2, 4) Develop a management plan for the case study patient based on identified primary, secondary and differential diagnoses. (WO 2.2) (CO 2,4 
  3. Interpret pulmonary function test results. (WO 2.3) (CO 2, 4)

Due Date 

Student enters initial post to part one by 11:59 p.m. MT on Thursday; responds substantively to at least one topic-related post of a peer including evidence from appropriate sources AND all direct faculty questions in parts one by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT. 

 A 10% late penalty will be imposed for discussions posted after the deadline on Thursday 11:59pm MT, regardless of the number of days late. NOTHING will be accepted after 11:59pm MT on Sunday (i.e. student will receive an automatic 0). Week 8 discussion closes on Saturday at 11:59pm MT. 

Total Points Possible:  50 

Case Study – Part 2

You ordered a CXR and spirometry at the previous visit and he returns today to review the results. Physical exam and symptoms are unchanged since last visit. Vital signs at this visit are: Temp-98.3, P-68, RR-20, BP 152/90, Height 68.9in., Weight 258 pounds, O2sat 94% on RA 

CXR Result: 

No acute infiltrates or consolidations are seen. Cardiac and mediastinal silhouettes are normal. No hilar enlargement is evident. Osseous thorax is intact. 

Spirometry Results: 

Pre-Bronchodilator  Post-Bronchodilator 
  Predicted  Actual  %Predicted  Actual  % Predicted  % Change 
FVC (L)  4.52  3.01  67  3.08  68  2 
FEV1 (L)  3.40  1.58  46  1.60  47  1 
FEV1/FV   .75  .52    .52    0 



  1. What is your primary (one) diagnosis for this patient at this time? (support the decision for your diagnosis with pertinent positives and negatives from the case)
  2. Identify the corresponding ICD-10 code.
  3. Provide a treatment plan for this patient’s primary diagnosis which includes:
    • Medication*
    • Any additional testing necessary for this particular diagnosis*
    • Patient education
    • Referral
    • Follow up
  4.  Provide an active problem list for this patient based on the information given in the case.
  5.  Are there any changes that you would also make to this patient’s overall treatment plan at this time? Must provide an EBP argument for each treatment or testing decision.

*If part of the plan does not warrant an action, you must explain why. ALL medication and testing decisions (or decisions not to treat with medication or additional testing) MUST be supported with an evidence-based practice  (EBP) argument. Over-the-counter (OTC) and RXs must be written in full as if handing a script to the patient in the office. 

 Over-the-counter (OTC) and RXs must be written in full as if handing a prescription to the patient in the office.   


Amoxicillin 500 mg capsule  

1 tab po BID q 10 days  

Disp #20 no refills   



Based on the case, it can be concluded that the patient suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For the last 6 months, the patient has been struggling to walk more than 20ft.  He frequently coughs, predominantly in the morning which is one of the signs of COPD. Moreover, the patient’s level oxygen saturation is 94% which is relatively low. According to Stern and Alosco (2019), the airflow obstruction is present when the ratio of FEV1 to FVC is less than 0.7. Airflow obstruction which is one of the key symptoms of COPD is clearly present in the patient’s case (Stern & Alosco, 2019). The spirometry results suggest that the ratio of FEV1 to FVC is less than 0.7. Additionally, the patient used to be a smoker which might have been one of the factors of the condition’s development.

The accurate diagnosis of COPD requires spirometry results. The patient’s COPD can be classified as severe based on the statistics of post-bronchodilator FEV1, which are less than 50% but more than 30% (Global Initiative for Chronic…Please click the icon below to purchase the full answer at only $5.