Researchers evaluated 17,239 patients (77% older than 60; 31% tobacco users) with COPD exacerbations who were admitted to ICUs at 473 U.S. hospitals. Nearly one third of patients received noninvasive ventilation; 15% were intubated. Almost all patients received antibiotics and…
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Based on meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials, noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV) is the only intervention that improves mortality in patients hospitalized for exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, many patients who are eligible for this intervention go…
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Preface: Patients with COPD exacerbations requiring ICU admission did better with low-dose steroids vs high-dose steroids Cohort study of 17,239 patients with COPD exacerbations admitted to the ICU * ​1/3 required noninvasive ventilation * 15% were intubated * Virtually all…
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