Active Humidification to Manage COPD Exacerbations
COPD is characterized by a range of pathological changes, including airway ciliary dysfunction and mucous hypersecretion. The inflammatory and structural changes increase with severity. Exacerbations represent a further amplification of the inflammatory response.
To improve outcomes and prevent readmissions, we need to optimize management of acute COPD exacerbations. Active humidification has been shown to improve mucocillary clearance. It should be used in the presence of copius secretions.