postoperative complications (general, immediate)
- primary haemorrhage - starting during surgery, replace blood loss and if necessary return to theatre.
- reactive haemorrhage - bleed following an increase in blood pressure postoperatively. Replace blood loss and re-explore wound.
- basal atelectasis - minor lung collapse.
- shock - may be caused by blood loss, MI, pulmonary embolism or septicaemia.
- low urine output
Last reviewed 01/2018