Anaesthetists say patients at risk after flawed oxygen guidelines

18 February 2019 – Guardian

Top anaesthetists are saying that patients could have been placed at risk of serious harm because of flawed advice to administer highly concentrated oxygen after surgery.

The concerns are in relation to World Health Organization guidelines to administer 80% oxygen to patients in the hours after an operation. The advice was introduced in 2016 after a series of influential clinical trials led by Italian surgeon, Mario Schietroma, which suggested that high-dose oxygen reduced the risk of infections.

However, a new analysis has uncovered troubling statistical anomalies in 38 scientific papers authored by Mr Schietroma, raising doubts about the credibility of the data and instigating calls for an investigation.

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