Published: 4 October 2017
Author(s): C. Haahr-Raunkjær, C.S. Meyhoff, H.B.D. Sørensen, R.M. Olsen, E.K. Aasvang
Issue: October 2017

Surgical interventions come with complications and highly reported mortality after major surgery. The mortality may be a result of delayed detection of severe complications due to lower monitoring frequency in the general wards. Several studies have shown that continuous monitoring is superior to the manually intermittent recorded monitoring in terms of detecting abnormal physiological signs. Hopefully improved observations may result in earlier detection and clinical intervention. This narrative review will describe current monitoring possibilities for postoperative patients and how it may prevent complications.

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