A patient with a history of COPD is admitted to the ER for 3 days of cough and increased sputum production. Breath sounds are diminished with faint end expiratory wheeze bilaterally. What should the respiratory therapist recommend?
ABG results (2 LPM Nasal Cannula)
- Intubate and place on mechanical ventilation
- 100% non-rebreather mask
- Non-invasive ventilation
These arterial blood gas values are acceptable for a patient with COPD with no evidence of an increased work of breathing.