COPD Exacerbations : An Evidence-Based Review

  title={COPD Exacerbations : An Evidence-Based Review},
  author={Richard A. Robbins},
COPD exacerbations are a major source of COPD morbidity, mortality and cost. Exacerbations tend to become more frequent as COPD progresses with the cause assumed to be infectious in about 80% of patients. The mainstay of management is inhaled bronchodilators with judicious use of oxygen, antibiotics, corticosteroids and assisted ventilation. Recent studies have examined strategies to prevent exacerbations of COPD including use of macrolide antibiotics and selfmanagement education. Definition of… CONTINUE READING