Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Postoperative respiratory failure

Ventilating patients in the operating room constitutes the largest number of patients exposed to mechanical ventilation in this country and world wide [many millions of patients]. Postoperative pulmonary problems may, in part, due to the mechanical ventilation received in the OR. Yet, this cohort has never been systematically studied in terms of the effect of specific ventilatory patterns on postoperative outcomes. Data is being generated that documents that even low risk preoperative patients still can develop postoperative respiratory failure. I suggest studies on this large patient population could lead to discoveries of best practice, and then lead to reduction of health care expenditures.

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Idea No. 1611