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Adequate pain relief is also necessary

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7039.1159a (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1159
  1. Audrey C Quinn,
  2. A Mallick
  1. Lecturer in dental anaesthesia Clinical research registrar Academic Unit of Anaesthesia, General Infirmary at Leeds, Leeds LS1 3EX

    EDITOR,—John C Hall and colleagues draw our attention to some of the ways of preventing postoperative pulmonary complications.1 Pain and trauma of surgical procedures, particularly upper abdominal operations, leads to splinting of the ribs and diaphragm, which in turn leads to further collapse of basal lung units. It has generally been realised that effective analgesia improves patient cooperation during physiotherapy, enabling deeper breathing and better coughing, thus minimising the sputum retention. …

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