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Glycemic Control After Surgery in Kids

Tight glycemic control appears to be achievable following cardiac surgery in children ages 0 to 36 months, with low rates of hypoglycemia, according to a randomized, control trial. The researchers noted, however, that tight glycemic control does not significantly change infection rates, mortality, length of stay, or measures of organ failure when compared with standard care. Abstract: New England Journal of Medicine, September 7, 2012...

The Impact of Early Readmission After CHF Surgery

Northwestern University investigators suggest that late mortality following cardiac surgery for congestive heart failure (CHF) appears to be predicted by readmission within 30 days. Independent risk fac­tors for readmission included age, gender, and cardio­pulmonary bypass time. When compared with all patients readmitted for surgery-related causes, those readmitted for CHF had worse survival rates. Abstract: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, September...
Cannulation

Cannulation

Many cardiac operations are carried out with the use of cardiopulmonary bypass which is achieved with the introduction of many cannulas and lines carrying blood to and from the bypass machine. This video describes the basic cannulation procedures. Video provided by: Murat Güçlü Elevli,...

Preoperative Aspirin & Cardiac Surgery Outcomes

Preoperative aspirin therapy appears to be associated with a significantly lower risk of major cardiocerebral complications and renal failure, according to results from a large study of patients undergoing cardiac surgery. The authors also found that preoperative aspirin was linked to shorter ICU stays and lower 30-day mortality when compared with no aspirin therapy. Abstract: Annals of Surgery, February...
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