Best Case Ever 24: COPD, Baggging and Vent Settings

In anticipation of the Highlights from North York General’s Emergency Medicine Update Conference 2014 we have the master educator himself, Dr. Amal Mattu‘s Best Case ever of a patient who presented with a COPD exacerbation, that we recorded at the conference in Toronto just a couple of weeks ago. Dr. Mattu gives you a string of pearls and pitfalls when it comes to management of COPD, bagging & vent settings that you will never forget.  In the upcoming episode Dr. Mattu will review his favorite papers from the cardiology literature of the past year and Dr. Stuart Swadron will give you his approach to the challenges of the patient with vertigo. This will the first of two parts of the highlights from the conference – the largest and best EM conference in Canada.

Published May, 2014 by Anton Helman

For more on COPD please log in and go to Episode 24 – COPD & Pneumonia with Dr. John Foote & Dr. Anil Chopra

Dr. Mattu and Dr. Helman have no conflicts of interest to declare.

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About the Author:

Dr. Anton Helman is an Emergency Physician at North York General in Toronto. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Division of Emergency Medicine and the Education Innovation Lead at the Schwartz-Reisman Emergency Medicine Instititute. He is the founder, editor-in-chief and host of Emergency Medicine Cases.


  1. Juan Linares June 15, 2014 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Hey, this a great site! I’m a young physician from a developing country, I am a general practitioner,working in an ED, and I’m very interested in this topic,,, I have a question though, when you say COPD patients have poor compliant lungs,… I thought they had abnormally high compliance. Can you please comment on this …

  2. Anton Helman June 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    On behalf of Dr. Mattu “In my mind, compliance refers to how “flexible” the lungs are. COPD patients have stiff lungs and therefore, if overstretched, they pop.
    So I say that have poor compliance. High compliance in my mind means the lungs are very distensible/flexible, which these patients’ are not.”
    Amal Mattu

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