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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181b53fb0
Patient Safety: Outcomes Article

Evidence-Based Patient Safety Advisory: Patient Assessment and Prevention of Pulmonary Side Effects in Surgery. Part 2—Patient and Procedural Risk Factors

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: 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.

©2009American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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