Care of the Hospitalized Patient with Acute Exacerbation of COPD

[2016 new]

Introduction to this self-study CME activity


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs which leads to a progressive decline in lung function. The disease is tightly linked with cigarette smoking, and results in chronic symptoms (dyspnea, cough, and sputum production), often punctuated with periodic acute exacerbations of the disease. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States.


This CME activity presents a framework for adult, non-critically-ill hospitalized patients with acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD) to provide an evidence-based blueprint for the acute care of patients with AECOPD, in order to standardize and improve the quality of care for these patients. 


Participants in this CME activity will understand and be able to implement evidence-based cost-effective clinical strategies for the diagnosis and initial treatment of exacerbated COPD in hospitalized patients.


This self-study activity is appropriate for primary care clinicians and other health care providers who provide care for patients with COPD.


Team Leaders

  • Rommel L. Sagana, MD
    Internal Medicine
  • David H. Wesorick, MD
    Internal Medicine

Team Members

  • Benjamin S. Bassin, MD
    Emergency Medicine
  • Todd E. Georgia, RRT
    Respiratory Care
  • F. Jacob Seagull, PhD
    Learning Health Sciences
  • Linda J. Stuckey, PharmD
    Pharmacy Services

Author Disclosures

Neither the team lead, the team members, nor the consultants have financial relationships with commercial companies whose products are discussed in this CME activity.

Other Acknowledgements

UMHS Guidelines Oversight Team

  • Megan R. Mack, MD
  • David H. Wesorick, MD
  • F. Jacob Seagull, PhD

Literature Search Services

  • Taubman Medical Library

Production of Internet Format and Website Maintenance

  • Ellen Patrick-Dunlavey, MA

CME Accreditation and Credit Designation

The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This CME activity was prepared for release in October 2016. CME credit may be awarded for a maximum of three years from its release date, specifically from October 2016 through September 2019. Continuation of credit from that date depends on a thorough review of the content currency and accuracy.


Method of Participation

  1. View the web pages. You may print the self-study text to read off-line.
  2. Complete the on-line learning assessment test with a score of 70% or higher.  After you initially take the test, the test will be immediately electronically scored. 
    If fewer than 70% of the questions are answered correctly, the questions that were not answered correctly will be noted in red.  Review the CME content related to those topics and retake the test.
    If 70% or more of the questions are answered correctly, the correct and incorrect answers for all questions will be shown along with explanations of the basis for the correct answer.  The link to register and receive credit is shown at the end of the items and explanations. 
  3. Complete the electronic credit request and activity evaluation.  An electronic certificate of participation will be provided immediately.
  4. Print the certificate of participation for your personal records.