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Plastic Surgical Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/PSN.0000000000000037
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Current Approaches to Free Flap Monitoring

Chao, Albert H. MD; Lamp, Susan BSN, RN, CPSN

Continued Education
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Abstract

Postoperative monitoring of free flaps remains an essential component of care in patients undergoing microsurgical reconstructive surgery. Early recognition of vascular problems and prompt surgical intervention improve the chances for flap salvage. Physical examination remains the cornerstone of free flap monitoring, but more recently, additional technologies have been developed for this purpose. In this article, current approaches to free flap monitoring are reviewed.

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