I am a advanced practice with a specialty in oncology. I have worked oncology for over 35 years working In surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology and palliative/palliative care .My goalis to give quality holistic care working in partnership with patients/families in response to their needs .I have a been a advanced practice nurse for six years. I see nursing as my ministry. I am a recent lung transplant in Feb 2016 as a result of IPF. I am to have the opportunity to speak in nursesfrom the perspective as a patient and a provider.
I AM A SURVIVIOR. Many nurses have no idea what IPF is and how to care for these patients .Early recognition is key.
IPF stands for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a rare condition that affects 14 - 43 people per 100,000, with a total of approximately 3 million patients worldwide.1 The lung tissue of someone with IPF becomes thickened, stiff and scarred . Fibrosis is the medical term for this scarring. The tiny air sacs (known as alveoli) and blood vessels of the lungs are responsible for providing the oxygen that every part of the body need The information to be presented in regard to IPF will
1. pathophysiology, prevalence and prognosis
2 .Clinical features and diagnosis of IPF
3.Recognizing IPF in clinical practice