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Getting to the Root of IPF

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, COPD survey, sleep disorders, reducing VAEs and more.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is characterized by an injury to the alveoli with a specific form of chronic progressive scarring (fibrosis) of the lung tissue which makes the delivery of oxygen to the blood more difficult as it develops.

Similar to an autoimmune disease, as the body is trying to repair itself, the condition actually worsens and eventually the lungs stop working altogether. The scarring causes restriction of a patient's breathing.

As approved drugs emerge to aid in the treatment of IPF, doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and respiratory therapists continue to seek out more techniques to care for those affected by it.

Read more in the cover story of this digital edition. Plus, find articles on the following respiratory care and sleep medicine topics:

  • COPD Survey
  • RT Role in Reducing VAEs
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Advancing RT Education
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Career Advice

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