Preventing and Treating COPD Exacerbations
Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are common and have serious implications. They greatly reduce patients’ quality of life and often result in hospital admissions. Acute exacerbations of COPD are the largest single cause of emergency respiratory admissions and each exacerbation results in an average hospital stay of 10.3 days. In this article we review what causes exacerbations in patients with COPD and how you can help to prevent and treat them effectively.