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

Simon A Joosten, David Smallwood, Mariko S Koh, Louis B Irving and Xiaoning Bu
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (4): 253-254.
Published online: 20 August 2007

In reply: We performed a retrospective audit as part of a quality improvement program following a number of serious adverse events in various areas of our hospital. Our article showed that carbon dioxide retention in acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) is common (41 of 65 patients admitted with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] over 4 months), and that guidelines on blood gas measurement and oxygen use were not being followed.

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

  • Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: drjoosten@hotmail.com

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