respiratory
COPD

Too much testing for patients with end stage COPD


COPD patients are being unnecessarily pricked, probed and prodded in their last days of life – sometimes despite clear documentation that palliation was the goal of care. A review of COPD patients who died between 2004 and 2016 found patients typically endured seven episodes of venepuncture, nine arterial blood gases and three chest X-rays during ...

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