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Letter
Prognosis of patients with COPD admitted to the ICU
  1. J M Añón1,
  2. A García de Lorenzo2
  1. 1
    Intensive Care Unit, Hospital Virgen de la Luz, Cuenca, Spain
  2. 2
    Intensive Care Unit, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr J M Añón, Intensive Care Unit, Hospital Virgen de la Luz, C Hermandad Donantes de sangre 1, 16002 Cuenca, Spain; jmaelizalde{at}telefonica.net

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We read with interest the article by Wildman et al.1 They have carried out an interesting study on patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The authors in their discussion state that their overall results may be least applicable to patients on long-term oxygen (LTO) and/or with low functional scores. Intubated patients with COPD on LTO constitute 10.4% of 394 intubated patients in this study. Only mortality results relating to this population are shown in this article. It would …

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