Preoperative Physiotherapy to Prevent Respiratory Complications

Preoperative physiotherapy of 30 minutes reduced incidences of respiratory complication after elective upper abdominal surgery (HR 0.48, P=0.001) in this multicenter randomized controlled trial. A single educational session with breathing exercise could improve patient outcome in the tens of millions of people listed for elective abdominal surgery worldwide.

http://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.j5916

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