Beta2-agonists and anticholinergics are the initial bronchodilators Prednisone 1 mg/kg/day (up to 60 mg/day) or steroid equivalent for moderate-severe exacerbations x 5-7 days Antibiotics indicated for moderate-severe exacerbations with pulmonary infiltrate or sputum purulence –procalcitonin level >0.25 ng/mL supports antibiotic…
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Previous trials have investigated the use of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) to assess patients with dyspnea in the ED. The sentinel trial was the BNP (Breathe Not Properly) trial that evaluated nearly 800 patients presenting to the ED with complaints…
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