Summary: Several factors may increase a patient’s risk for perioperative pulmonary complications. This practice advisory provides an overview of the preoperative steps that should be performed to ensure appropriate patient selection and patient safety with regard to pulmonary complications. Procedural and patient-related risk factors are discussed, as are recommendations for perioperative management and strategies for minimizing complications.
Arlington Heights, Ill.
From the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Patient Safety Committee.
Received for publication March 3, 2009; accepted May 27, 2009.
Approved by the ASPS Executive Committee, January 10, 2009.
The members of the ASPS Patient Safety Committee are listed at the end of this article.
Disclosure: The authors have no financial interests related to this article.
Phillip C. Haeck, M.D., 901 Boren Avenue, Suite 1650, Seattle, Wash. 98104-3508, firstname.lastname@example.org