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Editorial
June 16, 2015

High-Flow Nasal Cannulae or Noninvasive Ventilation for Management of Postoperative Respiratory Failure

Author Affiliations
  • 1Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Physiology and Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, and Department of Medicine, Division of Respirology and Critical Care Medicine, Toronto General Research Institute, University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
JAMA. 2015;313(23):2325-2326. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5304

Postoperative respiratory failure is a common indication for invasive mechanical ventilation, accounting for more than 20% of all patients receiving ongoing ventilatory support.1 Therefore, strategies aimed at liberating patients from ventilation more quickly following surgery or preventing postextubation respiratory failure in this setting have the potential to have major clinical importance.

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