Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the emergency department.
Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2012 May;30(2):223-47
Authors: Brulotte CA, Lang ES
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPDs) are a common presentation to emergency departments and are an important cause of respiratory failure. This article discusses the disease process and diagnosis of COPD and AECOPD. A further in-depth discussion is undertaken of evidence-based treatments, palliation, and disposition of patients who present to emergency departments with AECOPD.
PMID: 22487106 [PubMed - in process]