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Reduce health-related complications and costs with lung protective ventilation

If all perioperative organ injuries were grouped, they would be the third leading cause of death in the USA.[1] Prevention of organ injury, such as lung damage, could reduce the need for postoperative escalation of care.[2]

Understand the financial advantages of reducing postoperative complications

The cost of postoperative complications ranges from US $10,000-34,000 per patient.[3] [4] In this video Dr Frédéric Michard discusses how using lung protective ventilation can help you save costs by reducing perioperative complications.

Decrease major pulmonary complications

Of the 76 patients who developed major pulmonary and extrapulmonary complications, 72.3% were in the group who did not receive lung protective ventilation with the use of low tidal volumes and PEEP.[5] Patients in the non-lung protective group also had a 2.45 days longer hospital stay.

Learn more from the trial published in the New Journal of English Medicine

Learn how Prof. Garcia mitigates postoperative complications

Prof. Garcia-Fernandez, a world-class anesthesia lecturer in Madrid, Spain, shares his experience on how to protect the lung during anesthesia. He interprets the latest research and discusses recommendations for PEEP, driving pressure and tidal volumes with the goal to reduce pulmonary complications. 

Why are lung recruitment maneuvers important?

Lung recruitment can greatly mitigate atelectasis, helping to prevent postoperative complications, such as hypoxemia, pneumonia, local inflammatory response and ventilator induced lung injury.

“Nowadays, data tell us that we should recruit all the patients,” says Dr. Carlos Ferrando. He continues, “you should make the stepwise increase in PEEP recruitment maneuver. It's safer.”

Lung recruitment maneuvers during anesthesia make a difference – for you and for your patients

Some clinicians say they find lung recruitment complicated and time consuming – but it doesn´t have to be.

Choose technology that makes it easier to apply lung protective ventilation

The ICU has already replaced older ventilation technologies, such as pistons, bag-in-bottle or bellows, in favor of more precise and accurate technologies.

Why shouldn’t you apply this same level of care in the OR?

Make sure you can deliver the protective care your patient needs

All references

  1. 1. Karsten Bartels, et al. Perioperative Organ Injury. Anesthesiology 12 2013, Vol.119, 1474-1489.

  2. 2. Timmers, TK, Verhofstad, MH, Moons, KG, van Beeck, EF, Leenen, LP Long-term quality of life after surgical intensive care admission. Arch Surg. (2011). 146 412–8

  3. 3. Dimick JB, Chen SL, Taheri PA, Henderson WG, Khuri SF, Campbell DA Jr. Hospital costs associated with surgical complications: a report from the private-sector National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. J Am Coll Surg. 2004;199:531–7

  4. 4. Vonlanthen R, et al. The impact of complications on costs of major surgical procedures: a cost analysis of 1200 patients. Ann Surg. 2011 Dec;254(6):907-13.

  5. 5. Futier et al. A trial of intraoperative low-tidal-volume ventilation in abdominal surgery. N Engl J Med. 2013 Aug 1;369(5):428-37.