A Brief Overview of Pulmonary Diseases and Conditions

9 Sep

An attending physician at Respiratory Consultants of Houston, PA, Kenneth Scott Lloyd, MD, provides high quality care to his patients. As a pulmonologist, Dr. Kenneth Scott Lloyd uses his extensive experience to treat diseases and conditions associated with the respiratory tract, including the chest and lungs.

Pulmonary diseases are often associated with chest pain or coughing and trouble breathing. Less commonly, patients may experience headaches, pain in the arm or shoulder, and joint pain, as well. Pulmonary diseases are often diagnosed through testing of the patient’s ability to forcefully blow out air, an examination of their medical history, or through chest X-rays and CT scans. Common pulmonary diseases and disorders include pneumonia, asthma, emphysema, tuberculosis, and sleep apnea.

Obstructive lung disease is one of two major classifications of pulmonary diseases and is commonly caused by asthma, cystic fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Obstructive lung disease is associated with shortness of breath and difficulty exhaling air from the body due to narrowed airways or damage to the lungs. Breathing often becomes especially difficult for patients with obstructive lung diseases during physical exercise or exertion. Pulmonary diseases may also be classified as restrictive lung diseases, in which the lungs are unable to completely expand and fill with air. Restrictive lung disease is often caused by obesity, scoliosis, interstitial lung disease, or neuromuscular disease. Patients with restrictive lung disease typically experience stiffness in the chest wall or the lungs and weakened muscles.

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The Importance of Providing Compassionate Patient Care

22 Aug

Kenneth Scott Lloyd, MD, currently works as an attending physician at Respiratory Consultants of Houston, PA, where he provides experienced care to patients in the ICU, long-term care, and skilled nursing divisions. In addition to his dedication to quality care, Dr. Kenneth Scott Lloyd is also committed to treating his patients with compassion.

According to a recent study published in the journal Health Affairs, only around half of U.S. patients believe that the health care system provides compassionate care. However, compassion can have profound effects on the patient’s experience. Patients who feel that their caregivers listen to their concerns and empathize with them often report higher levels of satisfaction than patients who feel their caregivers ignore their feelings. Caregivers who treat their patients with kindness and empathy may also lessen the patient’s stress and anxiety, which can in turn improve healing.

Though compassion is an important component of medical care, doctors and nurses who take the time to pay attention to patients’ emotional concerns may experience burnout, despite their best intentions. Because of the emotional and physical pain they encounter each day, it is important for health care professionals to learn techniques to help fight burnout and find the energy to empathize with patients.

Through several training programs and centers, such as the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare and Stanford’s CCARE, health care professionals have the opportunity to learn why compassion is important in the medical field and how to provide compassionate care without getting burned out.

Common Conditions Treated by Pulmonologists By Kenneth Scott Lloyd, MD

10 Jul

Pulmonologists, or doctors who specialize in lung and respiratory conditions, treat a variety of conditions, both chronic and acute. Here is an overview of some of the conditions pulmonologists most commonly diagnose and treat.

– Asthma. Caused by overly active bronchi (branches of the trachea), asthma may be triggered by dust, pollen, dander, exercise, or cold. It can lead to spasms and difficulty breathing, but it is treatable.
– COPD. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease can manifest as either chronic bronchitis or emphysema, both of which are caused by smoking. COPD causes shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. It is irreversible, though many treatments can improve a patient’s quality of life.
– Respiratory infection. Infections of the lungs include acute bronchitis and pneumonia. Often caused by bacteria or viruses, these may be treatable with medication and are not permanent.
– Cystic fibrosis. This genetic condition prevents mucus from leaving the lungs normally. The built-up mucus can host infections.

About the author:

Dr. K. Scott Lloyd specializes in internal and pulmonary medicine. At present, he practices at Respiratory Consultants of Houston, where he offers treatment for a variety of pulmonary conditions.

Guiding Principles of Compassionate Patient Care By Kenneth Scott Lloyd, MD

10 Jul

Compassionate patient care—the “art” of medicine—involves combining medical expertise with a bedside manner that instills confidence in a physician’s work. While compassion may be more difficult to measure than technical competence, researchers agree that it can have very real financial effects on health care providers: those who practice compassionate care are likely to see higher patient satisfaction and retention rates.

Physicians who practice compassionate care follow a few guiding principles. Chief among these is the principle that patients must be treated as individuals and as humans, not as diseases. Further, MDs must work to improve patients’ overall health, which includes reducing levels of stress that may result from impersonal or belittling care. In addition to providing highly competent care, compassionate doctors must respect the privacy and dignity of their patients regardless of their conditions, and must put the health and safety of their patients at the top of their list of concerns.

About the author:

Dr. K. Scott Lloyd serves as a Pulmonologist at Respiratory Consultants of Houston, where he and his colleagues practice competent, compassionate patient care.

“Common Pulmonary Issues,” by Kenneth Scott Lloyd, M.D.

20 Jan

The human lungs are susceptible to a number of conditions that can restrict breathing, leading to mild to severe discomfort and even death. Here are some of the most common lung diseases.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: COPD, as it is commonly called, is a chronic disease of the lungs that causes obstructions. This can be a result of emphysema, bronchitis, or even hereditary causes.

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs’ alveoli, or air sac clusters.

Cystic Fibrosis: A condition in which those afflicted have difficulty clearing mucus from the lungs, leading to frequent infections.

Asthma: A condition whereby allergens lead to the obstruction and inflammation of airways. This leads to shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing.

Emphysema: This is a type of COPD. Patients with emphysema have particular difficulty exhaling air from the lungs, because the fibers holding open airways have been destroyed.

Dr. Kenneth Scott Lloyd, a pulmonary specialist, worked for more than 20 years at Respiratory Consultants of Houston, attending to patients in both long-term acute care and intensive care.

“The Hippocratic Oath, Then and Now,” by Dr. Kenneth Scott Lloyd

14 Dec

Since the 4th century BCE, the Hippocratic Oath has been part of most doctors’ educations. Although today’s doctors swear to a modern language version, the oath still upholds a set of ideal values for the physician.

The ancient version urges oath-takers to revere their teachers, pass on their medical knowledge to their sons, and prescribe healthful diets to patients. It also prohibits giving lethal drugs, even if patients ask for them, as well as banning sexual contact with them. The modern requirement for confidentiality finds its origins in the oath.

The most commonly used version today dates to 1964. Significant differences exist between the old and modern versions, reflecting the vast changes in medicine since Hippocrates’s time. For instance, the modern oath permits euthanasia, allows doctors to consult with other doctors, and recommends preventive medicine. Abortions are not mentioned in the 1964 oath, as they are in the first version. The ancient rule against doctors performing surgery obviously no longer applies.

Kenneth Scott Lloyd’s medical practice includes internal medicine and pulmonary disease. He is affiliated with Respiratory Consultants of Houston, P.A.