After completing your assigned readings, can anyone answer the following questions from Chapter 232 in our Hospital Medicine text?
1. What conditions mimic an acute exacerbation of COPD and require different diagnostic and treatment modalities?
2. What impatient therapeutic modalities reduce mortality or length of stay for patients with exacerbation of COPD?
3. What are the indications for noninvasive ventilation for patients with an acute exacerbation of COPD?
4. Explain the therapeutic interventions that you would consider and discuss with a patient at the time of discharge following an acute exacerbation of COPD?