Journal article

Physiotherapist administered, non-invasive ventilation to reduce postoperative pulmonary complications in high-risk patients following elective upper abdominal surgery; a before-and-after cohort implementation study

Jane Lockstone, Selina M Parry, Linda Denehy, Iain K Robertson, David Story, Scott Parkes, Ianthe Boden

Physiotherapy | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVES: To (1) determine whether short, 30-minute sessions of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is associated with fewer postoperative pulmonary complications (PPC) following elective high-risk upper abdominal surgery and (2) measure feasibility and safety of this intervention when delivered by physiotherapists. DESIGN: Prospective, pre post cohort, observational, single-centre study. SETTING: Primary referral hospital in Australia. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 182 consecutive high-risk elective upper abdominal surgery patients consisting of 101 pre cohort participants compared to 81 post cohort participants. INTERVENTIONS: Both groups received standardised preoperative physiotherapy and early ..

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