Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (cont.)
Sat Sharma, MD, FRCPC, FCCP
Ryland P Byrd Jr, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Zab Mosenifar, MD
IN THIS ARTICLE
The 3 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.
You may need to be hospitalized if you develop severe respiratory dysfunction, if your disease progresses, or if you have other serious respiratory diseases (eg, pneumonia, acute bronchitis). The purpose of hospitalization is to treat symptoms and to prevent further deterioration.
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