I cared for a patient who's medical diagnosis was written on her cardex as 2 degree COPD. My research suggests that this stage of COPD is early and moderate. However, this patient was in the end stage of the disease. She was given a six month prognosis and was encouraged to consider hospice care as she had spent most of the last 4 months in the hospital. My question is, what does second degree or 2 degree mean? I could not find that terminology used anywhere.