On June 14, 2015, Ladha and colleagues published an article in the BMJ entitled "Intraoperative protective mechanical ventilation and risk of postoperative respiratory complications: hospital based registry study", which investigated the effects of intraoperative protective ventilation on major postoperative respiratory complications. This study used data of over 69,265 patients in order to investigate patients over the age of 18 who underwent a non-cardiac surgical procedure between January 2007 and August 2014 and required general anesthesia with endotracheal intubation. The investigators found that intraoperative protective ventilation was associated with a decreased risk of postoperative respiratory complications. This study raises important questions about the ventilatory management of surgical patients.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Annals of Translational Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2015|
- Mechanical ventilation
- Positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP)
- Postoperative pulmonary complications (PPC)
- Tidal volume