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Anesthetics Lead to Postoperative Respiratory Complications

A new report in the British Medical Journal investigates the incidence of postoperative respiratory complications after use of general anesthesia. Patients who received intermediate acting neuromuscular blocking agents during surgery were compared with patients who did not receive such agents. Research revealed “the use of intermediate acting neuromuscular blocking agents was associated with an increased risk of postoperative desaturation less than 90% after extubation and reintubation requiring unplanned admission to an intensive care unit.”

Read it in the British Medical Journal.