Diagnosis and management of acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [digest]
Emergency Medicine Practice
Acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a clinical diagnosis that is based on changes in dyspnea, cough, and/or sputum production in a COPD patient; however, patients presenting with an acute exacerbation may be undiagnosed or have a variety of comorbid conditions that can complicate diagnosis. This issue presents strategies and algorithms for the early use of evidence-based interventions, including appropriate use of antibiotics, bronchodilators, and corticosteroids, along with noninvasive ventilation with capnography, to minimize morbidity and mortality associated with this disease. [Points & Pearls is a digest of Emergency Medicine Practice.].
Holden V, Slack D III, McCurdy MT, Shah NG, Gupta N, Nusbaum J. Diagnosis and management of acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [digest]. Emerg Med Pract. 2017 Oct 20;19(10 Suppl):S1-S2. PMID: 29068643.