In this study, aggressive pulmonary treatment after surgery with oscillation and lung expansion (OLE) reduced the rate of postoperative pulmonary complications in high-risk patients having open thoracic, aortic, or upper abdominal surgery.
A total of 419 patients (209 with OLE treatment and 210 without) were included in the analysis.
Treatment with OLE decreased:
There were no differences in ICU length of stay, cases of pneumonia, or mortality.
The findings suggest that OLE may contribute significantly to greater value-based quality of care, the researchers say.