The Pitfalls of Diagnostic Labels: Life-saving Oxygen Therapy, COPD and Critical Illness

BACKGROUND   I feel there is a widespread misconception amongst medical students and medical practitioners resulting in patients with COPD occasionally being deprived of life-saving oxygen therapy during times of critical non-COPD illness.   Quite rightly we are taught at medical school to be aware of the risk of precipitating type II respiratory failure by […]