Implications of COPD in patients admitted to the intensive care unit by community-acquired pneumonia.

@article{Rello2006ImplicationsOC,
  title={Implications of COPD in patients admitted to the intensive care unit by community-acquired pneumonia.},
  author={Jordi Rello and Ana Rodr{\'i}guez and Antoni Torres and Jordi Roig and Jordi Sol{\'e}-Viol{\'a}n and Jos{\'e} Garnacho-Montero and Mar{\'i}a Victoria de la Torre and Josep Ma Sirvent and Mar{\'i}a Bod{\'i}},
  journal={The European respiratory journal},
  year={2006},
  volume={27 6},
  pages={1210-6}
}
The mortality rate of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is reported to be low. However, studies carried out to date have included <20% of critically ill patients. The current authors performed a secondary analysis of a prospective study evaluating 428 immunocompetent patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) for severe CAP. In total, 176 COPD patients were compared with 252 non-COPD patients. In COPD patients, ICU mortality… CONTINUE READING