Emergency physician and hospitalist, Regina
Project: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): In-hospital screening and referral for spirometry
Hospital contact is currently a missed opportunity for screening patients for multiple chronic medical conditions. COPD is one of the most chronic medical conditions leading to hospitalization but still underdiagnosed and under treated. Using the Canadian health institute screening survey, Dr. Pepler performed screening on admitted patients on 4B ACU medicine ward and subsequently 4A ACU medicine ward and 4D surgical ward at Pasqua Hospital in Regina and found that 48 patients with no prior diagnoses of COPD was referred for screening spirometry.