Benzodiazepines Prescribed Long-Term for COPD/PTSD

SEATTLE — Symptoms of insomnia and anxiety are common among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and that is especially the case among patients with comorbid mental health disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder, according to a new study.

Supplemental Oxygen Needs Rarely Addressed in COPD Inpatients

Supplemental Oxygen Needs Rarely Addressed in COPD Inpatients

CHICAGO — Patients hospitalized with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who require supplemental oxygen (O2) are at increased risk of hospital readmissions, but little information exists on the quality of evaluation and documentation regarding the need for supplemental O2 in that population.

Hospitalized COPD Patients More Likely to Also Have PH

Hospitalized COPD Patients More Likely to Also Have PH

HOUSTON — Having comorbid chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary hypertension (PH-COPD) increases the risk of hospitalizations and death compared to COPD alone, according to a new study. Identifying PH in COPD is challenging, however, because...

Longer LOS Doesn’t Reduce COPD Readmissions

Recent financial penalties for high risk-adjusted chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) readmissions have pushed hospitals to search for ways to reduce readmissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a new study notes.

COPD: Risk Factor for HIV Lung Infections

SEATTLE — Pulmonary infections remain more common in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), compared with those who are uninfected.Surmising that an increase in chronic lung diseases among aging HIV positive patients could contribute to the risk, a...

Few Smoking Cessation Meds for COPD Patients

SEATTLE – At the VA, many smokers admitted for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are not given smoking cessation medications at discharge.A study published recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine noted that the reasons are unclear but might...

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