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The 6-minute walk test in chronic respiratory failure: does observed or predicted walk distance better reflect patient functional status?
We aimed to assess whether the actual 6-min walk distance (6MWD) or the percent predicted 6MWD is a better reflection of the respiratory function of patients using home noninvasive ventilation (NIV) due to chronic hypercapnic respiratory failure. This was a cross-sectional observational study. The 6...
Peak expiratory flow in bed? A comparison of 3 positions.
We have observed that the PEF is sometimes performed with the patient in bed. Healthy adults performed the PEF maneuver in random order, standing, lying back at an ∼45° angle on pillows, and sitting, slumped forward ∼10° with legs extended. PEF was recorded for 3 attempts in each of the 3 positions....
Respiratory Outcomes Of Patients With Als: An Italian Nationwide Survey.
Combined pulmonary function evaluation, long-term NIV and assisted coughing have become usual practices for ALS patients. Care habits for ALS do not significantly differ from approach to other NMDs....
Benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with COPD with normal exercise capacity.
Exercise training can result in significant improvement in HRQL, exercise capacity, respiratory muscle strength, and exertional dyspnea in patients with COPD with normal exercise capacity. Exercise training is still indicated for patients with normal exercise capacity....
Ambulatory home oxygen: what is the evidence for benefit, and who does it help?
The beneficial effects of ambulatory home oxygen have been demonstrated since the 1950s, when Cotes and Gibson gave oxygen to ambulatory COPD patients from small portable high pressures cylinders in the United Kingdom. Over the ensuing 7 decades, oxygen has been prescribed to millions of COPD patien...
Tracheal reintubation: caused by "too much of a good thing"?
A patient with subcutaneous emphysema following endotracheal intubation.
Flow meters: what do you mean the flow rate from one does not equal the same flow rate from another?
Editor's commentary: commentary on the March 2012 issue.