Patients with acute exacerbation of COPD have less pulmonary reserve, are more likely to have comorbid diseases, and respond less readily to treatment than patients with acute exacerbations of asthma. Thus, more patients with COPD will likely require admission and, if discharged, more likely relapse. Thus, efforts should be made to ensure success with individuals being discharged with outpatient treatment: (1) adequate supply of home oxygen, (2) adequate and appropriate bronchodilator treatment, and (3) arranged follow-up with their physician.
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If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.