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Would all patients admitted with COPD exacerbation get abgs drawn up?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Rada Ivanov
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Interesting question
If you ask me, most if not all such patients should get abgs.
Physicians practice differently though and not all do this. There are no hard guidelines and standard of care for that as far as I am aware, unless the patient is in respiratory failure/intubated where abgs guide the management.

In brief: Interesting question
If you ask me, most if not all such patients should get abgs.
Physicians practice differently though and not all do this. There are no hard guidelines and standard of care for that as far as I am aware, unless the patient is in respiratory failure/intubated where abgs guide the management.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Dr. Rada Ivanov
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: They should
But I have seen numerous occasions when abgs were not obtained.

In brief: They should
But I have seen numerous occasions when abgs were not obtained.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
In brief: Depends...
It depends on the severity of symptoms.
An abg is needed if it is not clear if the person needs additional help breathing, like mechanical ventilation or non-invasive ventilation. If the person is clinically stable, an abg may not be needed.

In brief: Depends...
It depends on the severity of symptoms.
An abg is needed if it is not clear if the person needs additional help breathing, like mechanical ventilation or non-invasive ventilation. If the person is clinically stable, an abg may not be needed.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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