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Anesthesiol Res Pract. 2011;2011:271539. doi: 10.1155/2011/271539. Epub 2011 Oct 25.

Intraoperative end-tidal carbon dioxide concentrations: what is the target?

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Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX 75390-9068, USA.


Recent publications suggest that target end-tidal carbon dioxide concentrations should be higher than values currently considered as acceptable. This paper presents evidence that end-tidal carbon dioxide values higher than concentrations that are currently targeted result in improved patient outcomes and are associated with a reduced incidence of postoperative complications.

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