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P129 Overview of the inpatient management of acute exacerbations of COPD - A case-series

L. Ambrosetti; V. Jordan Von Gunten; J. Beney; P.-O. Bridevaux
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1Service de Pharmacie, Institut Central des Hôpitaux, Sion

2School of Pharmacy, University of Geneva, Geneva

3Service de Pneumologie, Hôpital du Valais, Sion

4HUG Service de Pneumologie, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland


Copyright 2017, American College of Chest Physicians and Swiss Respiratory Society SGP. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2017;151(5_S):A26. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2017.04.029
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Introduction: First-line treatment for patients admitted for acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD) includes inhaled short-acting bronchodilators (beta-2 adrenergic agonists or anticholinergics), short course of systemic corticosteroids (SCS) and antibiotics (for patients with clinical symptoms of respiratory infection) to decrease hospital stay, early relapse and failure of treatment. The use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) alone for the treatment of exacerbations is not recommended. Electronic data collected by our pharmacy suggest an over-prescription of ICS for AECOPD.

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