Acute or chronic respiratory failure. Assessment and management of patients with COPD in the emergency setting.

@article{Schmidt1989AcuteOC,
  title={Acute or chronic respiratory failure. Assessment and management of patients with COPD in the emergency setting.},
  author={Gregory A. Schmidt and Jesse Booth Hall},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={1989},
  volume={261 23},
  pages={3444-53}
}
Patients with acute or chronic respiratory failure exhibit severe pulmonary impairment as a baseline characteristic. Additional minor insults can precipitate cardiopulmonary failure that requires hospital admission and possibly mechanical ventilation. Our approach to these patients emphasizes evaluation of the imbalance between neuromuscular competence and mechanical load on the respiratory system. In this way, reversible factors can be identified and corrected before they progress to… CONTINUE READING
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