This large retrospective analysis of >84,000 patients hospitalized with COPD confirms the benefits of antibiotics; antibiotic treated patients had lower risks of mechanical ventilation, inpatient mortality, and COPD readmissions (although higher Cdiff readmission rates). This large analysis confirms guideline recommendations for antibiotic therapy in patients hospitalized with COPD exacerbations (abstract)
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.