The effects of tidal volume and respiratory rate on oxygenation and respiratory mechanics during laparoscopy in morbidly obese patients.

UNLABELLED Morbidly obese (MO) patients undergoing laparoscopy have lower PaO(2) compared with normal-weight (NW) patients. We hypothesized that increases in tidal volume (V(T)) or respiratory rate (RR) would improve oxygenation. All measurements were performed at: 1) baseline: V(T) 600-700 mL and 10 breaths/min, 2) double V(T): V(T) 1200-1400 mL and 10… CONTINUE READING