This study from the University of California San Francisco finds that pediatric patients with risk factors for respiratory complications had a greater incidence of adverse events under general anesthesia during periods of unhealthy air quality caused by wildfire smoke.
A total of 625 pediatric patients were included in the analysis. Among the findings:
The researchers concluded that in pediatric patients with underlying risk factors for respiratory complications under general anesthesia, postponing elective anesthetics should be considered when air quality is poor.
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