Journal article

The effects, of oxygen therapy in patients presenting to an emergency department with exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Simon A Joosten, Mariko S Koh, Xiaoning Bu, David Smallwood, Louis B Irving

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To elucidate oxygen administration practices in the setting of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and compare these practices with those recommended in internationally accepted guidelines. DESIGN: Retrospective audit. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: 65 patients admitted to a Melbourne university teaching hospital via the emergency department (ED), identified through medical records by a discharge diagnosis (discharged between 1 June and 30 September 2005) of acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD). Those included had respiratory function test results consistent with British Thoracic Society guidelines for the diagnosis of COPD. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Length ..

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