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Acute respiratory failure secondary to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treated in the intensive care unit: a long term follow up study
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    COPD outcomes in ICU

    Dear Editor

    The data presented by Breen et al[1] regarding the outcomes of patients with COPD are encouraging and lend support to the respiratory physician often faced with nihilistic attitudes towards ventilating these patients in acute respiratory failure. However, despite the proposition by the authors that certain patients with likely poor outcomes might have been excluded, the ICU stays for both gr...

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