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Strategies to reduce postoperative pulmonary complications in adults

Gerald W Smetana, MD
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Talmadge E King, Jr, MD
Mark D Aronson, MD
Roberta Hines, MD
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Helen Hollingsworth, MD


Postoperative pulmonary complications are common and a major cause of perioperative morbidity and mortality [1,2]. The major categories of clinically significant complications include [3]:


Infection, including bronchitis and pneumonia

Prolonged mechanical ventilation and respiratory failure

Exacerbation of underlying chronic lung disease


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