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Which COPD patients should be admitted to the ICU?
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  1. C Subbe
  1. Dr C Subbe, Department of Acute, Respiratory and Intensive Care Medicine, Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Wrexham, UK; csubbe{at}hotmail.com

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A total of 832 patients with obstructive lung disease aged 45 years and older were prospectively recruited from 92 intensive care units and 3 respiratory high-dependency units in the UK. Detailed physiological and functional data were collected on admission to intensive care and they were followed up for 180 days.

Mortality at 180 days was 37.9%. A scoring system was …

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