Postoperative Respiratory Management

  • G. K. Albaugh
  • R. P. Dellinger
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Optimal postoperative respiratory management relies on adequate preoperative risk reduction and medical optimization if necessary in patients undergoing elective procedures. The goals of management in elective patients is to reduce the risk of postoperative pulmonary complications including: nosocomial pneumonia, atelectasis, prolonged ventilatory support, and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). With adequate screening of patients along with emphasis on smoking cessation and vigilant pulmonary care in the postoperative period the risk of these complications can be reduced.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Functional Residual Capacity Nosocomial Pneumonia Postoperative Pneumonia 
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  • R. P. Dellinger

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