For the past two decades, serious consideration has been given to the etiology and prevention of postoperative pneumonia. In a large majority of the well organized hospitals, suggestions made by such men as Whipple,1 Elwyn2 and Henderson3 are now incorporated as a matter of routine. These suggestions include:
The better protection of the patient from chills and drafts before, during and after operation and in his journey to and from the operating room.
The use for abdominal operation of bandages of a type that will aid in relieving the pain of breathing and permit deeper inhalation.
The use of opiates for a few days post operation to facilitate breathing by elimination of pain.
The inhalation of carbon dioxide and oxygen at the termination of general anesthesia, for ventilating and removing the anesthetic from the lungs to restore normal breathing.
The postponement of operations in the presence of
FRANKEN SWA. PROPHYLAXIS OF POSTOPERATIVE PNEUMONIA BY ORAL HYGIENE: A PRELIMINARY REPORT. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1931;48(6):1225–1230. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00150070163013
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