Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: Drs Karzai and Hüttemann emphasize
the importance of chest physiotherapy, CPAP, and medical care for the treatment
of patients with respiratory failure following solid organ transplantation.
In our study, patients randomized to standard treatment received not
only oxygen supplementation with a Venturi mask but also the same medical
treatment and physiotherapy as those patients randomized to receive NIV. This
approach included active lung expansion maneuvers, deep-breathing exercises,
and incentive spirometry.1
Antonelli M, Conti G. Treatment of Postoperative Respiratory Failure—Reply. JAMA. 2000;283(17):2239–2240. doi:10.1001/jama.283.17.2235
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