Risk of post-operative pulmonary complications

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  1. ashdom

    ashdom Active Member

    إنضم إلينا في:
    ‏ديسمبر 8, 2008
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    نقاط الجوائز:
    Consultant Anesthesiologist


    Patients at risk Respiratory complications of anaesthesia:




    Congestive heart failure


    3-surgery type

    Aortic aneurysm repair

    Thoracic surgery

    Abdominal surgery

    Upper abdominal surgery


    Head and neck surgery

    Emergency surgery

    Vascular surgery

    Major intracranial surgery & Thoracic surgery > Upper abdominal surgery

    Upper abdominal surgery > Lower abdominal surgery

    Lower abdominal surgery > Limb surgery

    4-Prolonged bed rest

    5-Long surgery > 180 minutes

    6-Elderly > 65 yearw


    8-ASA class ≥2


    Recommendations of the American College of Physicians to reduce perioperative pulmonary complications in patients undergoing non-cardiothoracic surgery.


    Recommendation 1:


    • All patients undergoing non-cardiothoracic surgery should be evaluated for the presence of the following significant risk factors for postoperative pulmonary complications in order to receive pre- and postoperative interventions to reduce pulmonary risk:

    chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, age older than 60 years, American Society of Anesthesiologists class of II or greater, functionally dependent, and congestive heart failure.

    • The following are not significant risk factors for postoperative pulmonary complications: obesity and mild or moderate asthma.

    Recommendation 2:


    • Patients undergoing the following procedures are at higher risk for postoperative pulmonary complications and should be evaluated for other concomitant risk factors and receive pre- and postoperative interventions to reduce pulmonary complications:

    prolonged surgery (>3 hours), abdominal surgery, thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, head and neck surgery, vascular surgery, aortic aneurysm repair, emergency surgery, and general anesthesia.

    Recommendation 3:


    • A low serum albumin level (<35 g/L) is a powerful marker of increased risk for postoperative pulmonary complications and should be measured in all patients who are clinically suspected of having hypoalbuminemia; measurement should be considered in patients with one or more risk factors for perioperative pulmonary complications.

    Recommendation 4:


    • All patients who after preoperative evaluation are found to be at higher risk for postoperative pulmonary complications should receive the following postoperative procedures in order to reduce postoperative pulmonary complications:

    deep breathing exercises or incentive spirometry and the selective use of a nasogastric tube (as needed for postoperative nausea or vomiting, inability to tolerate oral intake, or symptomatic abdominal distention).

    Recommendation 5:


    • Preoperative spirometry and chest radiography should not be used routinely for predicting risk for postoperative pulmonary complications.

    • Preoperative pulmonary function testing or chest radiography may be appropriate in patients with a previous diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma.

    Recommendation 6:


    • The following procedures should not be used solely for reducing postoperative pulmonary complication risk:

    right heart catheterization and total parenteral nutrition or total enteral nutrition (for patients who are malnourished or have low serum albumin levels).

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