Pulmonary Disorders: COPD

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Author: L. Kristian Arnold, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACEP

Publication year: 2020



The well-educated, well-motivated law enforcement officer (LEO) with certain well managed pulmonary disorders may be able to safely and effectively perform essential job functions. For many pulmonary disorders the severity of the disease and compliance with the recommended management plan will determine ability to safely perform job duties rather than the specific diag-nosis or management plan. This section addresses disorders of the lungs, bronchi, pleura and thoracic cage, including the diaphragm. Disorders of the oropharynx, larynx, and trachea are addressed in the Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) chapter (under development). Disordered nocturnal respiratory conditions, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), are discussed in the LEO Sleep Disorders chapter. Disorders related to gas transfer beyond the pulmonary/blood interface are discussed in the LEO chapters on Cardiology and Hematology (under development).

Obstructive Lung Disease
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) both have acute and chronic aspects of airflow obstruction that may adversely affect safe performance of law enforcement job functions.

Refer to the LEO chapter on Asthma.