If you glance around the postanesthesia care unit (PACU), you will see the routine use of postoperative supplemental oxygen. Most postoperative recovery room and inpatient orthopaedic nurses continue the administration of supplemental oxygen after surgery regardless of whether or not the patient’s oxygen saturation (SpO2) readings are acceptable. However, administering oxygen may be falsely reassuring. This column presents an example of an evidence-based practice (EBP) project examining the effectiveness of the routine use of postoperative oxygen in total joint patients.
Welle, Tamara; Basol, Roberta; and Schneider, Naomi, "Evaluating the Need for Routine Supplemental Oxygen in Postoperative Total Joint Replacement Patients" (2013). Articles. 8.