Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (cont.)
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COPD Medical Treatment
The three major goals of the comprehensive treatment of COPD are as follows:
Acute exacerbation of COPD is one of the major reasons for hospital admission in the United States.
The patient may need to be hospitalized if they develop severe respiratory dysfunction, if the disease progresses, or if they have other serious respiratory diseases (for example, pneumonia, acute bronchitis). The purpose of hospitalization is to treat symptoms and to prevent further deterioration.
The patient may be admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) if they require invasive or noninvasive mechanical ventilation or if they have the following symptoms:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/7/2013
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