November 19, 2010 -
The Dyspnea Crisis Project, a study on the treatment of crisis dyspnea, designed and conducted in part by Olympic Medical Physicians Pulmonologist Mark Fischer, MD, was accepted and recently displayed at the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) International Conference, called CHEST 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The purpose of CHEST 2010 is for chest physicians to review current clinical topics related to chest medicine, learn relevant new clinical information, apply clinical recommendations from ACCP evidence-based guidelines, analyze information from investigative research , and become more skilled in practice standards of care by participating in patient-simulated training.
Dyspnea is an acute awareness of breathing, often with distress. When a person suffers from crisis dyspnea, they may become anxious and panicked at their restricted ability to breath. Many chronically ill patients with dyspnea crises may be near end-of-life.
“Crisis dyspnea is a painful and frightening condition that causes significant anxiety in the sufferer and oftentimes, the responding caregiver or provider,” says Dr. Fischer. “Ultimately we want to enhance scientific evidence and educational products that provide protocols and guidance for all caregivers, patients and families – increasing the level of care to those who may suffer from acute crisis dyspnea.”
Dr. Fischer, a pulmonary medicine and internal medicine specialist with Olympic Medical Physicians, will also be a panelist at the International American Thoracic Society meeting in May of 2011 in Denver where the Dyspnea Crisis Project will be presented as a half-day symposium.
Dr. Mark Fischer is a fellow with the American College of Physicians and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both pulmonary medicine and internal medicine.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.