Practical Reviews

Preoxygenation Before General Anesthesia -- Mostly All Good

Background: Preoxygenation before inducing general anesthesia and prior to extubation is recommended by most anesthesia providers. Objective: To review the current understanding of the benefits as well as risks of this procedure. Design: Literature review and author opinion. Discussion: Preoxygenation augments the body's reserves or stores of oxygen, with the majority of the benefit being in enriching the functional residual capacity of the lungs. In addition, some extra oxygen is more...
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