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Why do hospitals have patients with respiratory disease sitting up in bed?

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Dr. Frank Mayo
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Improves air flow

Patients with COPD have decreased airway diameter and decreased airway flow.
Gravity effects decreases airway diameter when lying down. Thus sitting up increases airway diameter and flow. Thus improvement in dyspnea sense.

In brief: Improves air flow

Patients with COPD have decreased airway diameter and decreased airway flow.
Gravity effects decreases airway diameter when lying down. Thus sitting up increases airway diameter and flow. Thus improvement in dyspnea sense.
Dr. Frank Mayo
Dr. Frank Mayo
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