Respiratory Complications

Respiratory Complications

    Respiratory complications of anaesthesia




     Respiratory complications are a leading cause of death acutely post injury. This is due to paralysis of respiratory muscles, relative bronchoconstriction, excess secretions, ventilation/perfusion mismatch.Atelectasis is the most common respiratory complication in patients with spinal cord injury and may lead to pneumonia, pleural effusion, and empyema.Respiratory infections should be treated promptly with assisted coughing, physiotherapy, and antibiotics.Pulmonary embolism, sleep apnea and respiratory failure are also potential complications that clinicians looking after patients with SCI, should be aware of.