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3 Factors Predict Risk of Intubation and Death In COPD Patients

By September 30, 2009

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In a large, retrospective study of 88,074 patients admitted to the hospital with COPD exacerbation, researchers determined that there were 3 variables which predicted risk of intubation and mortality -- having a BUN greater than 25, a heart rate greater than 109, and an acute change in the patient's mental status.

In those with all three variables, mortality was 13-15%. In those with none of the variables and who were less than 65 years of age, the mortality rate was only 0.3%.

Because acute exacerbations of COPD often require hospitalization, may require intubation and often end in fatality, it is important that COPD patients do everything in their power to prevent them from happening. Visit the following to learn more about COPD exacerbation and how to prevent them:

What is COPD Exacerbation?

How to Prevent COPD Exacerbation

To learn more about the study, visit:

Mortality and Need for Mechanical Ventilation in Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

October 1, 2009 at 1:55 am
(1) kookykathy says:

I believe COPD patients should make sure they are well informed and educated on all aspects of COPD in order to prevent a worsening of their condition.

October 1, 2009 at 8:03 am
(2) Frank says:

Ms Deborah ~ very interesting article. I’d never heard of “bun” before. Like previous comment mentioned, staying informed and educated is so important for those of us with this disease, and your Blogs are so informational!! Thanks

October 1, 2009 at 12:30 pm
(3) copd says:

BUN, or blood urea nitrogen, is a blood test which measures kidney function. They also normally do a creatinine blood test with it. Both are indicative of how well your kidneys are able to metabolize waste products. If you had kidney disease, you would be more familiar with it. That you don’t know about it probably means your kidneys are in good shape.

November 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm
(4) Kelly says:

Dear GOD my mother was just intubated again.

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