Citations should be made in the following way: Authors. Title. Eur Respir J 2016; 48: Suppl. 60, abstract number.
Management of COPD exacerbations: A European Respiratory Society/American Thoracic Society (ERS/ATS) guidelineSymposium Chairs:
Jerry Krishnan (Chicago, United States of America), John R Hurst (London, United Kingdom)Aims:
To present the conclusions and recommendations for diagnosis and treatment of exacerbations of COPD elaborated by the experts of the ERS and ATS. The presenters will provide an overview of the guidelines development process and the main recommendations regarding antiinflammatory and antimicrobial treatment of exacerbations. In addition, other non pharmacological aspects of therapy such as hospital at home, early rehabilitation and non invasive ventilation will be reviewed.Target audience:
clinicians, respiratory specialists, internists, primary care physicians, nurses, methodologists, and guidelines developers.