Lung Function: Splinting Effects

Basic, Clinical Sciences: Anesthesia Procedures, Methods, and Techniques

● Hypoventilation (decreased chest wall movement, decreased FRC) along with ineffective cough due to pain and guarding leads to atelectasis and higher risk for pneumonia.

● Increased rapid shallow breathing

● Decreased mucociliary clearance

● Intrapulmonary shunting leading to hypoxemia

● Respiratory failure

Sources

    Morgan GE, Mikhail MS, Murray MJ. (2006). Clinical anesthesiology. New York: Lange Medical Books/McGraw Hill Medical Pub. Division. p.569, 1268

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2021

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Justin Hickman, MD