Duke Medicine event to provide respiratory health screenings

Oct. 18, 2013 @ 03:16 PM

Duke Respiratory Care Services is celebrating National Respiratory Care Week starting Monday with a NASCAR-inspired awareness campaign, Drive4COPD.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a serious lung disease that makes it harder to breathe, and it’s the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

This is the first COPD awareness event of its kind held at Duke, said Andrew Almond, a Duke registered respiratory therapist and respiratory care practitioner who’s organizing the event. The Duke respiratory care department was established in 1965 and currently has 135 employees.

Respiratory care providers will hand out free health information and conduct respiratory health screenings that comprise of five questions. There also will be a race car on display.

The national Drive4COPD initiative is advocating for health screenings for millions of people who may be at risk for the disease. As many as 24 million Americans have COPD but about half don't know it and remain undiagnosed.


When: Monday, Oct. 21

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Between the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center and Duke Medicine Pavilion, Duke Medicine Circle, Durham