Oxygen Administration Prevents Hypoxemia during Post-anesthetic Transport in Children

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Arterial oxygen desaturation frequently occurs in healthy patients during transport from the operating room (OR) to the post-anesthetic recovery room.1,2 Because infants and children have a higher basal metabolic rate and a higher ratio of alveolar ventilation to functional residual capacity (FRC) than adults, pediatric patients are probably at a greater risk of post-anesthetic arterial de-saturation. This prospective study examines changes in arterial oxygen saturation in healthy children who are breathing room air during and immediately after transport following routine surgery and documents the effectiveness of added inspired oxygen in the prevention of arterial oxygen desaturation.

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