Lungs, Diseases, Tobacco, Physiological effect
Data were extracted from medical records of 202 former patients of a well established central Florida general hospital. Records were selected so as to include an equal number of disease categories dispersed equally over the two years. One hundred records were dated 1973 and 102 were dated 1976. Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma had been diagnosed in 67, 67, and 68 of the cases respectively. The age, sex, race, smoking habits, and occupations of the patients were recorded and crosstabulated with the diagnostic tests and subsequent treatment ordered by the various physicians. Most of the emphysematous patients were males over 50, the asthmatics were females under 30, and the bronchitics were older than 50 with an even sex distribution. Most of the emphysematous and bronchitic patients had smoked over 25 years, while only 13% of the asthmatics smoked. A majority of the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients complained of shortness of breath, were hospitalized ten days or less, treated four times a day with intermittent positive pressure breathing had little or no pulmonary rehabilitation, and survived. Respiratory care appeared to improve over the three-year period as judged by an increase in the frequency of blood gas monitoring and a reduction in the required ventilator times with improved techniques.
Washington, David W.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Natural Sciences
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Lungs -- Diseases, Tobacco -- Physiological effect
Capraun, Lynn Walter, "A correlation study on the chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases" (1978). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 279.
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