[Early detection of opiate-induced respiratory depression in the postoperative phase].


We examined in 30 patients the efficacy of regular assessments of respiratory rate (every 15 minutes) and blood gas analysis (at 30, 60, 120, 180 minutes) and continuous monitoring via pulsoximeter and capnometer in recognizing early ventilatory problems. For postoperative analgesia the patients received randomly and double-blind patient-controlled… (More)