Effect of high perioperative oxygen fraction on surgical site infection and pulmonary complications after abdominal surgery: the PROXI randomized clinical trial

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CONTEXT: Use of 80% oxygen during surgery has been suggested to reduce the risk of surgical wound infections, but this effect has not been consistently identified. The effect of 80% oxygen on pulmonary complications has not been well defined.

OBJECTIVE: To assess whether use of 80% oxygen reduces the frequency of surgical site infection without increasing the frequency of pulmonary complications in patients undergoing abdominal surgery.

DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENTS: The PROXI trial, a patient- and observer-blinded randomized clinical trial conducted in 14 Danish hospitals between October 2006 and October 2008 among 1400 patients undergoing acute or elective laparotomy.

INTERVENTIONS: Patients were randomly assigned to receive either 80% or 30% oxygen during and for 2 hours after surgery.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Surgical site infection within 14 days, defined according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Secondary outcomes included atelectasis, pneumonia, respiratory failure, and mortality.

RESULTS: Surgical site infection occurred in 131 of 685 patients (19.1%) assigned to receive 80% oxygen vs 141 of 701 (20.1%) assigned to receive 30% oxygen (odds ratio [OR], 0.94; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.72-1.22; P = .64). Atelectasis occurred in 54 of 685 patients (7.9%) assigned to receive 80% oxygen vs 50 of 701 (7.1%) assigned to receive 30% oxygen (OR, 1.11; 95% CI, 0.75-1.66; P = .60), pneumonia in 41 (6.0%) vs 44 (6.3%) (OR, 0.95; 95% CI, 0.61-1.48; P = .82), respiratory failure in 38 (5.5%) vs 31 (4.4%) (OR, 1.27; 95% CI, 0.78-2.07; P = .34), and mortality within 30 days in 30 (4.4%) vs 20 (2.9%) (OR, 1.56; 95% CI, 0.88-2.77; P = .13).

CONCLUSION: Administration of 80% oxygen compared with 30% oxygen did not result in a difference in risk of surgical site infection after abdominal surgery.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: NCT00364741.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number14
Pages (from-to)1543-50
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2009

    Research areas

  • Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Female, Humans, Intraoperative Period, Laparotomy, Male, Middle Aged, Oxygen, Oxygen Inhalation Therapy, Perioperative Care, Pneumonia, Postoperative Complications, Postoperative Period, Pulmonary Atelectasis, Respiratory Insufficiency, Risk, Surgical Wound Infection

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