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May 3, 2000

Treatment of Postoperative Respiratory Failure—Reply

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(17):2239-2240. doi:10.1001/jama.283.17.2235

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