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Giving a high concentration of oxygen to the patient during their surgery has been shown to reduce the risk of wound infection, a common complication of surgery, thereby increasing their recovery rate. The studies were conducted on patients undergoing bowel operations, where wound infection and breakdown is normally avoided with a high degree of hygiene and antibiotics. The extra oxygen provides a more effective immune system to fight bacteria, and has little adverse effects involving lung complications.
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About: Supplemental oxygen improves healing time
Date: 25 October 2005
Source: HealthDay News
Author: Amanda Gardner
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