Can spirometry, pulse oximetry and dyspnea scoring reflect respiratory failure in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation?


OBJECTIVE To evaluate the extent to which oximetry, spirometry and dyspnea scoring can reflect hypoxemia and hypercapnia among patients admitted to the emergency department (ED) with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Spirometry, oxygen saturation by pulse oximetry (SpO2), arterial blood gas analysis and… (More)