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Can copd patients take cough meds and or mucous thining meds?

Yes and no

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be sure the over the counter product does not contain antihistamines which can dry secretions and possibibly make secretions more tenacious. Ask your physician or pharmacist before using such products
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Dr. Rada Ivanov answered:

Wha bacteria produces a yellow green sputum in a copd patient and/or exacerbate chronic bronchitis?

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Bronchitis
Strep, Staph, Hemophilus, Moraxella, Pseudomonas, Mycoplasma, Chlamydophila would be the most common. They are usually covered by the commonly used antibiotics for outpatient treatment.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti answered:

Could you give high flow O2 to a COPD patient?

Depends...

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Oxygen is only prescribed when the oxygen level in the body is low and only in the lowest amount needed to maintain the oxygen level at an acceptable level. Oxygen must be carefully prescribed by a doctor with monitoring of the patient's oxygen levels because giving too much oxygen is harmful as is not giving enough! See your doctor if you think your oxygen level is low!
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Why would it be difficult to start an iv on a copd patient?

Varies

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If a COPD patient has had previous illnesses which required iv therapy, sometimes the veins are used up and can't be used again. Some individuals simply have a lack of adequate surface veins regardless of whether they have COPD.
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Why does copd patient crave salt?

They don't

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pt's with COPD have risk factors for infection or tumors. The COPD per se does not cause salt craving. If there are other things like tumor thee these can cause antidiutetic effect, dilution by too much water and sensed in the brain as hypoosmolality and salt craving. On the other hand some things from the lungs can go to the adrenal glands and these hormones can cause salt craving.
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Why does this copd patient have a prolonged exhalation time?

COPD

Copd
COPD stands for for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The term obstructive refers to the impaired ability to exhale due to damaged lung and/or airways.
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Dr. Carlo M. Hatem answered:

Why would it be difficult to start an iv on a chf and COPD patient?

Not related

Copd
Some people have good veins, some have very small and fragile veins, some have used up their veins. There is nothing particular to COPD and CHF to make difficult IV access.
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Dr. Asaf Presente answered:

Is anything wrong with a patient with copd has a po2 of 55 and a pco2 of 65?

Severe

Hypoxia
The blood gas described is consistent with a chronic hypoxic hypercarbic patient with severe disease or a less severe COPD patient experiencing an exacerbation - additional values such as the bicarb abd pH would be helpful but this person needs to be evaluated in a broader context to determine if these abnormalities show worsening or a poor baseline.
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Dr. Craig A. Brown answered:

What is the risk of a COPD patient having a radical nephrectomy?

Copd

To my knowledge, there is no risk of copd in renal surgery.
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Dr. Tony Su answered:

What is life expectancy of a patient who has copd?

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such as body mass index, degree of airway obstruction, degree of uncomfortable breathing, exercise tolerance, smoking status, presence of complications including pulmonary hypertension, right sided heart failure, chronic respiratory failure, degree of carbon dioxide retention, frequency of exacerbations, and other medical conditions. I have had patients die in their 50s & some that lived 90+ yrs.
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