Noninvasive Ventilation for Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: A Marker of Things to Come?

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Synopsis:Overall, readmission and death rates are substantial after noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and risk factors for poor outcomes are identified.Source:Chu CM, Chan VL, Lin AWN, et al. Readmission rates and life threatening events in COPD survivors treated with noninvasive ventilation for acute hypercapnic respiratory failure. Thorax. 2004;59:1020–1025.

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