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Cardiac Surgery Re-start and Beyond – Optimizing ICU Resource Utilization and Patient Safety

Monday, June 15, 2020

Nguyen TC, Gregory AJ, Kellum J, Melby SJ, Perrault LP, Zarbock A. Cardiac Surgery Re-start and Beyond – Optimizing ICU Resource Utilization and Patient Safety. June 2020. doi:10.25373/ctsnet.12482603

On Friday, June 12, CTSNet hosted a free one-hour live event that included compelling presentations and interactive discussions on how ERAS-related protocols are even more important in the COVID post-surge era.

Within the context of how ERAS helps mitigate the challenges of ICU resource consumption and improves patient safety, especially in a world that has been drastically changed by COVID, Tom Nguyen of University of Texas—Memorial Hermann, moderated a discussion on how to avoid acute kidney injury and achieve chest tube active clearance, among other important post-surgery strategies. The recording of the live event is now available.

Topics and Panelists

Best Practices in Prevention and Reduction of Kidney Stress and Acute Kidney Injury


Alexander Zarbock              John Kellum

  • Strategies for Reducing Cardiac Surgery-Associated AKI
    Alexander Zarbock, MD

    Professor Anesthesiology & Intensive Care Medicine
    University Hospital Münster
    Münster, Germany
  • The Impact of AKI on Long-Term Outcomes in Cardiac Surgery Patients
    John Kellum, MD

    Director, Critical Care Nephrology & Vice-Chair Research
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Pennsylvania, USA


Optimizing Management of Retained Pericardial Blood: Strategies for Maintaining Chest Tube Patency

Spencer J. Melby             Louis P. Perrault

  • Toxicity of Inadequate Pericardial Drainage After Surgery: Implications for Patient Recovery
    Spencer J. Melby, MD
    Program Director and Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital
    Missouri, USA
  • Innovation in Pericardial Drainage Management: Enhancing Patient Recovery and ICU Resource Utilization Via ERAS-C Components
    Louis P. Perrault, MD

    Head, Department of Surgery
    Montreal Heart Institute
    Montreal, Canada


ERAS Enhanced Recovery After Surgery - Cardiac: Pointing the Way Forward

Alexander J. Gregory

  • The Imperative to Optimize Recovery Following Cardiac Surgery: Now More Than Ever
    Alexander J. Gregory, MD, FRCPC

    Assistant Professor
    Cumming School of Medicine and Libin Cardiovascular Institute,
    University of Calgary
    Calgary, Canada


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