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Obstructive Lung Diseases: Airways 2 |

COPD or Not COPD? The Correlation Between Spirometry and a Discharge Diagnosis of an Acute COPD Exacerbation

Cameron Mclaughlin, MD; Andrew Skabelund, MD
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Brooke Army Medical Center-San Antonio, San Antonio, TX


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(4_S):841A. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.08.941
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SESSION TITLE: Airways 2

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

PURPOSE: Acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD) are common and constitute a large number of hospital admissions. Hospitals with excessive readmissions for AECOPD are penalized by the Center for Medicare Services. The diagnosis of COPD requires non-reversible obstructed spirometry; however, spirometry is frequently unavailable at the time of admission for AECOPD. It is not uncommon for patients to be diagnosed by clinical history and it is not known how frequently patients are admitted and inaccurately diagnosed with AECOPD. The purpose of this quality improvement (QI) project was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of patients discharged with the diagnosis of AECOPD at our institution.

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