How is atelectasis prevented following colon resection (colectomy)?

Updated: Apr 05, 2021
  • Author: David E Stein, MD, MHCM; Chief Editor: Vikram Kate, FRCS, MS, MBBS, PhD, FACS, FACG, FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Glasg), FIMSA, MAMS, MASCRS, FFST(Ed)  more...
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As with all surgical procedures, incentive spirometry is key to preventing atelectasis and its attendant pneumonia. Incentive spirometry should be practiced at least 10 times every hour. Oxygen therapy can be weaned to room air starting the morning after surgery.


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