No need for IV steroids in non-ICU COPD admits

By  |  June 16, 2010 | 

In this large retrospective cohort of patients admitted to a non-ICU with COPD, and who received steroids within 2 days of admission, researchers found that 92% of patients were originally treated with IV steroids (and 8% with oral steroids). After propensity adjustment, they found the risk of treatment failure, LOS, and cost were all lower in those that received oral steroids. Use of oral steroids is not associated with worse outcomes than treatment with IV steroids in patients admitted with COPD (abstract).

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Danielle Scheurer
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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