respiratory
Infectious diseases

Timing is everything: study shows pre-op physiotherapy beats post-op


A single, 30 minute physiotherapy session delivered before major abdominal surgery can halve the risk of postoperative pulmonary complications including pneumonia. A randomised controlled trial comprising 441 adults across three hospitals in Australia and New Zealand tested the addition of a physiotherapy education and breathing exercise training session to the standard pre-admission physiotherapy assessment plus ...

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