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[The incidence of postoperative hypoxaemia during transportation to the recovery area].
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22011864     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Transportation to the recovery room after surgery can be associated with significant hypoxaemia, if a portable oxygen source and a pulse oximeter are not used. We analysed the condition of patients on admission to recovery after being transported from the operating room without additional oxygen and monitoring.
METHODS: One hundred and thirty-one ASA II and III patients, aged 58.2 ± 15.96 years, were enrolled to the study. SaO2 readings immediately before transportation, and on arrival in recovery, were compared. Additionally, blood-gas analysis was performed 10 min after admission to the recovery room. The duration times of transport (T1), lack of monitoring (T2) and breathing with room air (T3) were measured.
RESULTS: The mean SaO2 before transportation was 96.9 ± 10.55%, and on arrival in the recovery room was 93.0% ± 6.35. The mean T values were: T1 - 90.0 ± 94.2 s, T2 - 152.6 ± 86.6 s, and T3 - 122.9 ± 86.8 s. Although the length of transport time was relatively short, mild hypoxaemia was observed in all patients, with the SaO2 returning to normal after 10 min on 40% oxygen. Blood gas analysis revealed mild respiratory acidosis in 73% of cases.
CONCLUSION: Additional oxygen via face mask and appropriate monitoring should be provided to all patients during transportation from the operating room to the recovery area.
Anna Dylczyk-Sommer; Wioletta Sawicka; Maria Wujtewicz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  English Abstract; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anestezjologia intensywna terapia     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0209-1712     ISO Abbreviation:  Anestezjol Intens Ter     Publication Date:    2011 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-20     Completed Date:  2011-11-15     Revised Date:  2012-10-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9424972     Medline TA:  Anestezjol Intens Ter     Country:  Poland    
Other Details:
Languages:  pol     Pagination:  68-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy, Medical University of Gdańsk, ul. Dębinki 7, 80-211 Gdańsk.
Vernacular Title:
Incydenty hipoksji w bezpośrednim okresie pooperacyjnym w czasie transportu chorych z sali operacyjnej do oddziału wybudzeń.
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MeSH Terms
Anesthesia Recovery Period*
Anoxia / epidemiology*,  prevention & control
Middle Aged
Monitoring, Physiologic / methods*
Oxygen Inhalation Therapy / methods
Poland / epidemiology
Postoperative Complications / epidemiology*,  prevention & control*
Risk Factors
Transportation of Patients / statistics & numerical data*

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