In a prehospital setting, what care should be given for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

Updated: Nov 13, 2020
  • Author: Paul Kleinschmidt, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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In the prehospital setting, administer short-acting beta-agonist nebulizer therapy, which should be given as needed. In addition, short-acting anticholinergics, such as ipratropium, can be given.

If necessary and available, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may be used.

Of course, in times of respiratory failure, patients may need intubation in the field.


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