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Should I use 2.5 mg or 5 mg nebulised salbutamol in acute exacerbations of COPD?

Report by: Sandeep Rahul Kusre, Senior House Officer

Search checked by: Jonathan Costello, Consultant A&E

Institution: Royal Free Hospital, London, UK

Three-part question

In (patients admitted with acute exacerbations of COPD) is (5 mg nebulised salbutamol superior to 2.5 mg nebulised salbutamol) at (improving lung function and reducing length of hospital stay)?

Clinical scenario

While working a busy nightshift in A&E you see a patient with an acute exacerbation …

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