Predicting survival following non-invasive ventilation for hypercapnic exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

@article{Miller2012PredictingSF,
  title={Predicting survival following non-invasive ventilation for hypercapnic exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.},
  author={David Richard Miller and Kimberly D. Fraser and Iain M T Murray and Gillian S Thain and Graeme P. Currie},
  journal={International journal of clinical practice},
  year={2012},
  volume={66 5},
  pages={
          434-7
        }
}
INTRODUCTION Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) has revolutionised the management of hypercapnic exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We wished to evaluate factors related to its overall success in the 'real-life' setting. METHODS A retrospective analysis of patients receiving NIV for a hypercapnic exacerbation of COPD was performed. Demographics, laboratory data, blood gases and outcomes (hospital discharge or in-patient death) were extracted and subsequently analysed… CONTINUE READING
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