Postoperative Critical Care of the Adult Cardiac Surgical Patient: Part II: Procedure-Specific Considerations, Management of Complications, and Quality Improvement

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Abstract

Objectives: The armamentarium of cardiac surgery continues to expand, and the cardiac intensivist must be familiar with a broad spectrum of procedures and their specific management concerns. In the conclusion of this two-part review, we will review procedure-specific concerns after cardiac surgery and the management of common complications. We also discuss performance improvement and outcome assurance. Data Source and Synthesis: Narrative review of relative English language peer-reviewed medical literature. Conclusions: Knowledge of procedure-specific sequelae informs anticipation and prevention of many complications after cardiac surgery. Most complications after cardiac surgery fall into a limited number of categories. Familiarity with common complications combined with a structured approach to management facilitates response to even the most complicated postoperative situations. Standardized care and constant self-examination are essential for programmatic improvement and consistent high-quality care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1995-2014
Number of pages20
JournalCritical care medicine
Volume43
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • aorta
  • cardiac surgical procedures
  • coronary artery bypass
  • intensive care
  • off-pump
  • postoperative care
  • quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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