Postoperative Hypoxemia

  • Yilin ZhangEmail author


Hypoxemia is a common manifestation of many postoperative pulmonary complications (PPCs). PPCs encompass a wide range of disorders, including atelectasis, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, and pulmonary edema. Evaluation of a patient with postoperative hypoxemia requires the assessment of underlying causes while simultaneously correcting oxygenation. Knowledge of patient-specific and surgical risk factors as well as perioperative events can aid in identifying and treating the underlying cause of hypoxemia.


Postoperative Hypoxia Hypoxemia Pulmonary complications 



Chapter reviewed by Cyrus Hui, MD, Valley Anesthesia Associates, University of Washington Valley Medical Center.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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