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Table 2 Incidence rates per day of newly detected postoperative pulmonary complications with point-of-care lung ultrasound after major abdominal surgery

From: Routine lung ultrasound to detect postoperative pulmonary complications following major abdominal surgery: a prospective observational feasibility study

Day Number of patients in which LUS is performed (N) Patients with ≥ 1 PPC [N (%)] Respiratory infection Pneumothorax Pulmonary edema Atelectasis Pleural effusion
POD 0 43 31 (72%) 2 2 0 29 10
POD 1 92 64 (70%) 0 4 2 55 31
POD 2 87 21 (24%) 4 0 1 9 9
POD 3 56 8 (14%) 1 0 2 1 5
  1. Patients can develop multiple PPCs. Total amount of PPCs can be higher than the number of patients
  2. LUS lung ultrasound, PPC postoperative pulmonary complication, POD postoperative day