The presentation of advanced lung disease patients in the cystic fibrosis population is becoming more common due to improved treatment strategies which extend life. Caregivers are required to be well versed in the care of this population including introduction to palliative care, lung transplant, and advanced directives. Special considerations in the administration and compliance with immunosuppression, pain therapy, and antibiotic treatments is critical in the advanced lung disease patient.
Discuss the utilization of an interdisciplinary team in the care of the patient with advances disease.
Discuss the use of antibiotics & pain medications in the patient with advanced disease.
Describe the advantage of using long-term planning tools in the care of the advanced lung disease patient.