Admissions with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after publication of national guidelines.

@article{Kelly2002AdmissionsWC,
  title={Admissions with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after publication of national guidelines.},
  author={Martin Gerard Kelly and J Stuart Elborn},
  journal={Irish journal of medical science},
  year={2002},
  volume={171 1},
  pages={16-9}
}
BACKGROUND The British Thoracic Society (BTS) published guidelines on managing acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) in 1997. AIM To audit admissions with AECOPD and to see how well these guidelines were adhered to. Methods All patients admitted were identified and 50 selected for audit. RESULTS The mean age was 72 years and 52% were female. Admission C reactive protein (CRP) and white cell count (WCC) were 49 (12.7) mg/l and 10.97 (0.64) x 10(9)/l… CONTINUE READING