The purpose of this study is to prevent patients who are hospitalized with COPD from having to return to the hospital because of their disease. Our researchers are studying a device called Average Volume Assured Pressure Support (AVAPS-AE).
Like a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, the AVAPS device is used for opening the airway to allow better breathing during sleep. AVAPS can automatically adapt to snoring, shallow breathing, or stops in breathing, automatically giving the person sleeping more breaths and adjusting pressure in order to keep breathing steady. Participants will be asked to wear the AVAPS mask while sleeping.