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Anemia and health performance score evaluation as decisive factors for noninvasive mechanical ventilation decisions in AECOPD: are there new key cornerstones?

Authors Esquinas A, Confalonieri M

Received 5 November 2013

Accepted for publication 11 November 2013

Published 30 January 2014 Volume 2014:9(1) Pages 151—154


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Antonio M Esquinas,1 Marco Confalonieri2

1Intensive Care Unit, Hospital Morales Meseguer, Murcia, Spain; 2Department of Pneumology, University Hospital of Trieste, Trieste, Italy

Determination of prognosis of exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) is a key cornerstone for health cost, organization, systems, and influences determinations of rationale in the use of non-invasive ventilation (NIV).1 However, systemic complexity of AECOPD makes it difficult to establish a "gold and perfect" prognosis model.1 Recently, a growing number of biological parameters such as anemia and health performance score evaluations are becoming decisive factors for NIV decisions.2

In an interesting study, Haja Mydin et al determined that anemia, and performance status based on World Health Organization performance status (WHO-PS) were independent prognostic markers in acute hypercapnic respiratory failure (AHRF) due to AECOPD.3 The authors considered the major findings were that WHO-PS >3, and anemia, were the best prognostic factors to identify patients unlikely to benefit from NIV.

We believe that the study makes a useful contribution to the establishment of predictors of poor prognosis in patients with AECOPD and it may help to make appropriate decisions for rational use of NIV. However, there are some concerns related to this study.

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