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Duration of anaesthesia and post-operative hypoxaemia

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A PROSPECTIVE study was designed to investigate the relationship between post-operative hypoxaemia and duration of anaesthesia. The Po2 was monitored pre-operatively, 4 hours postoperatively, and daily thereafter for 2 days in 33 female patients undergoing elective biliary tract surgery. A significantly greater fall in Po2 occurred in these patients who had prolonged anaesthetics suggesting that this group of patients should be carefully monitored during the post-operative period and oxygen administered if necessary.

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Harte, P.J., Courtney, D.F., O’Sullivan, E.G. et al. Duration of anaesthesia and post-operative hypoxaemia. Ir J Med Sci 151, 169–174 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02940173

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Keywords

  • Functional Residual Capacity
  • IRISH Journal
  • Airway Closure
  • Great Fall
  • Closing Volume