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I wonder why an emergency team would need to know if you have copd?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: For care...

For proper care to be given, the emergency team needs to know as much about you as possible, including any diseases you have, prior surgeries, current med list, etc.
If you have copd, you may have chronic lung issues and certain therapies may be dangerous for you and would likely not be given if your COPD was known.

In brief: For care...

For proper care to be given, the emergency team needs to know as much about you as possible, including any diseases you have, prior surgeries, current med list, etc.
If you have copd, you may have chronic lung issues and certain therapies may be dangerous for you and would likely not be given if your COPD was known.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Alters treatment

Knowing a patients medical condition is vital to determining what is wrong and what to do about it.
For example, a patient with COPD who is having an exacerbation (short of breath, fatigued, confused) and has a normal chest x-ray but is having hyperpercarbic respiratory failure, the patient should be tried on bipap rather than getting a breathing tube.

In brief: Alters treatment

Knowing a patients medical condition is vital to determining what is wrong and what to do about it.
For example, a patient with COPD who is having an exacerbation (short of breath, fatigued, confused) and has a normal chest x-ray but is having hyperpercarbic respiratory failure, the patient should be tried on bipap rather than getting a breathing tube.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Copd

Emt should know whatever available medical history to treat you appropriately.
For example if they know that you have COPD they will not administer too much oxygen which may be detrimental to your health.

In brief: Copd

Emt should know whatever available medical history to treat you appropriately.
For example if they know that you have COPD they will not administer too much oxygen which may be detrimental to your health.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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