Severe COPD and acute respiratory failure. Correlates for survival at the time of tracheal intubation.


The recognition of a reversible cause for acute respiratory failure (ARF) is frequently difficult in patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We sought to identify clinical findings present at the time of tracheal intubation that were associated with successful weaning and short-term survival among a population of male veterans… (More)


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