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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181b5338d
Patient Safety: Outcomes Article

Evidence-Based Patient Safety Advisory: Patient Assessment and Prevention of Pulmonary Side Effects in Surgery. Part 1—Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Lung Disease

Haeck, Phillip C. M.D.; Swanson, Jennifer A. B.S., M.Ed.; Iverson, Ronald E. M.D.; Lynch, Dennis J. M.D.; the ASPS Patient Safety Committee

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Abstract

Summary: Obstructive sleep apnea and obstructive lung disease may increase a patient’s risk of perioperative pulmonary complications. This practice advisory provides an overview of the preoperative steps that should be performed to ensure appropriate patient selection and the safety of patients with these conditions. Also discussed are recommendations for perioperative management and strategies for minimizing complications.

©2009American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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