Preventing acute hypercapnic respiratory failure in COPD patients
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Preventing acute hypercapnic respiratory failure in COPD patients

David Moore Respiratory nurse specialist, Respiratory Medicine, Mater Hospital, Belfast

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at risk of developing acute hypercapnic respiratory failure (AHRF) if given high-concentration uncontrolled oxygen inappropriately. This article analyses a critical incident involving a patient who developed AHRF, and identifies areas for improvement in clinical practice that would improve the standard of care for patients with COPD.

Nursing Standard. 27, 47,35-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.07.27.47.35.e7339

Received: 04 November 2012

Accepted: 22 February 2013

Published in print: 24 July 2013

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review