Medical Breakthroughs: New COPD treatment helping patients

Medical Breakthroughs

Wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects 16 million Americans.
There currently is no cure.

“Currently COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States and it’s the only one of the top seven causes where the incidence of death is increasing.”

Vie Med Chief Medical Officer Dr. William Frazier finished a study where they found using an at-home ventilator reduces mortality, hospitalization and ER visits for COPD patients.

“Our findings showed a statistically significant, clinically meaningful reduction in mortality, hospitalization and emergency room utilization. these are outcomes that are obviously very important to patients.”

“This is a machine that i think helps those patients significantly, especially in the later stages of COPD where these patients are highly symptomatic, they come to the hospital a lot or they come to the urgent care clinic a lot or they have a lot of symptoms.”

Pulmonary critical care physician Dr. John C. Williams with Lafayette General Medical Center says this treatment isn’t for every COPD patient but he prescribes it whenever he can.

“We try to manage symptoms. We try to keep patients out of the hospital. We try to improve their quality of life so that they can stay at home where they want to be and not at the er or in my clinic all the time with symptoms.”

Dr. Frazier says only five percent of COPD patients are using this at- home ventilation treatment.

He hopes to bring awareness to help save more lives.

In Lafayette, Megan Kelly, KLFY News 10.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Clear

Abbeville

48°F Clear Feels like 48°
Wind
3 mph ESE
Humidity
93%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

A few passing clouds. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.
49°F A few passing clouds. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
4 mph ENE
Precip
20%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Crescent
Clear

Crowley

46°F Clear Feels like 46°
Wind
0 mph
Humidity
95%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Mostly clear. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.
49°F Mostly clear. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
4 mph ENE
Precip
20%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Crescent
Clear

Opelousas

48°F Clear Feels like 48°
Wind
0 mph
Humidity
93%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Mostly clear. Low 43F. Winds light and variable.
49°F Mostly clear. Low 43F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
4 mph ENE
Precip
20%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Crescent
Clear

Breaux Bridge

48°F Clear Feels like 48°
Wind
0 mph
Humidity
93%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Generally clear. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.
49°F Generally clear. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
4 mph ENE
Precip
20%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Crescent
Clear

New Iberia

47°F Clear Feels like 47°
Wind
3 mph ESE
Humidity
100%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Partly cloudy. Low around 40F. Winds light and variable.
46°F Partly cloudy. Low around 40F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
3 mph NE
Precip
0%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Crescent

Local News

More Local

Sidebar

Trending Stories