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Use of Heliox in the management of acute exacerbation of COPD
  1. Dhananjay Kumar, SpR in Emergency Medicine,
  2. Rajesh Kumar Saksena, SpR in Medicine
  1. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn

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    Report by Dhananjay Kumar, SpR in Emergency MedicineChecked by Rajesh Kumar Saksena, SpR in MedicineThe Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn

    Three part question

    In [patients with acute COPD] does [the administration of heliox] improve [survival, Peak flow, reduce time in hospital or reduce the need for mechanical ventilation]?

    Clinical scenario

    A 45-year-old male smoker attends the emergency department with exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Repeated doses of nebulised Salbutamol …

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