Advances in chronic respiratory failure in COPD: now out of its infancySymposium Chairs:
M.A. Spruit (Horn, The Netherlands), S. Nava (Bologna, Italy), P.W. Finn (La Jolla, United States of America)Aims:
The aims of this symposium are to elucidate the current understanding for chronic respiratory failure in COPD patients and more specifically:
- to provide an overview on modern possibilities of rehabilitation of most severe COPD patients;
- to emphasise the increasing evidence to support the use of high-intensity positive pressure ventilation in chronic hypercapnic COPD patients;
- to highlight the modern view of subjective perception of chronic respiratory failure and, in this regard, to discuss the current concept of quality of life in these patients;
- to provide insight into the taboo subject of the circumstances of how these patients die.