Prevention of respiratory complications after abdominal surgery: a randomised clinical trial.

@article{Hall1996PreventionOR,
  title={Prevention of respiratory complications after abdominal surgery: a randomised clinical trial.},
  author={John William Hall and Richard A. Tarala and Johanna Tapper and Joshua C. Hall},
  journal={BMJ},
  year={1996},
  volume={312 7024},
  pages={
          148-52; discussion 152-3
        }
}
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prevention of respiratory complications after abdominal surgery by a comparison of a global policy of incentive spirometry with a regimen consisting of deep breathing exercises for low risk patients and incentive spirometry plus physiotherapy for high risk patients. DESIGN Stratified randomised trial. SETTING General surgical service of an urban teaching hospital. PATIENTS 456 patients undergoing abdominal surgery. Patients less than 60 years of age with an… CONTINUE READING
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