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Postoperative thoracic surgical care 

Postoperative thoracic surgical care
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Postoperative thoracic surgical care
Author(s):

Mert Şentürk

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199653478.003.0036
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date: 19 October 2019

Postoperative thoracic surgical care represents a specific issue, involving the treatment of problems that start in the operating room, as well as new complications. The chapter begins addressing an important problem which is whether patients should be treated in a postanaesthetic care unit or whether they deserve a more extensive treatment in an intensive care unit. All the patient-related and operation-related aspects that are included in the decision-making process are extensively treated. Subsequently, the main pillars of postoperative care are addressed including chest drain management, haemodynamic monitoring, and fluid replacement. Ventilatory support is the core to this chapter, which provides a wide overview on invasive and non-invasive ventilator support, and some insights on extracorporeal respiratory assistance.

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