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Managing Acute COPD Exacerbations

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The addition of antibiotics to regimens that include steroids for patients hospitalized with acute exacerbations of COPD appears to improve short-term outcomes. In a study, receipt of antibiotics was associated with a 40% reduction in in-hospital mortality risk and a 13% reduction in 30-day readmission for COPD when compared with no antibiotic administration.

Abstract: Chest, January 2013.

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