1 Medicine An abnormally low concentration of oxygen in the blood.
- Indications for postoperative mechanical ventilation are respiratory acidosis, severe hypoxemia, atelectasis, and pneumonia.
- Correcting a functional abnormality, such as hypoxemia with oxygen therapy, can preserve life while the lung undergoes healing.
- The absence of tachypnoea is the most useful sign for ruling out pneumonia and hypoxaemia.
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