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:
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