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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease [COPD] is the term used to describe a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and non-reversible asthma. COPD is a common condition that mainly [but not exclusively] affects middle aged or older adults who are smokers.

Patients with acute COPD may often be admitted to hospital to manage their symptoms, and evidence suggests that providing a package of measures at discharge – a ‘care bundle’ – can help them cope better once home and potentially prevent further re-admission.

Implementing a COPD bundle forms one of the four workstreams for the NHS Improvement Adoption and Spread Programme and we are working with partner acute trusts throughout our region to help them achieve this.