Cardiopulmonary effects of the head-down tilt position in elderly postoperative patients: a prospective study.

Abstract

We studied the use of the head-down tilt position (Trendelenburg) in elderly postoperative patients in the intensive care unit to determine its effect upon cardiac and pulmonary function. Twenty-two patients (mean age 68.4 years) were placed in a 12 degrees head-down tilt position for 15 minutes. No deterioration was shown in any measured cardiac parameter… (More)

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