Respir Care. 2021 May 18:respcare.08929. doi: 10.4187/respcare.08929. Online ahead of print.
Hypoxemia is common in postoperative patients and is associated with prolonged hospital stays, high costs, and increased mortality. This review discusses the postoperative management of hypoxemia in regard to the use of conventional oxygen therapy, high-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy, CPAP, and noninvasive ventilation. The recommendations made are based on the currently available evidence.