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Preventing Respiratory Depression

Sessler, D.I.

Obstetric Anesthesia Digest: March 2016 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 3–4
doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000479473.73483.20
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(Anesthesiology. 2015;122:484–485)

Death and serious injury caused by postoperative respiratory events occur at a troubling rate. Both postoperative airway obstruction and inadequate ventilatory effort are treatable with either opioid antagonists or mechanical ventilation, and should never be responsible for catastrophic outcomes.

Department of Outcomes Research, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

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