Family Physician and Physician, Yorkton Regional Health Centre
Project: Improving Management of COPD Exacerbations in YRHC ER
Dr. Heggie had the perception that many visits to the Yorkton Regional Health Centre’s ER were by patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is best managed by family physicians in their offices, as through the use of patient tools to help people self manage their condition. The former Sunrise Health Region had the highest smoking rate in the province (28.9% compared to 24.6% in Sask.). YRHC ER faced frequent visits for COPD due to advanced age, comorbidities, current smoking, and a lack of referral to community resources for COPD education and self-management of chronic disease. Dr. Heggie’s aim was to increase the referral rate of possible COPD patients from the YRHC ER to a community pulmonary rehabilitation program by 50% by October 2017. View her poster to learn more about her project!