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A Multidisciplinary Protocol-Driven Approach to Improve Extubation Times After Cardiac Surgery

Thursday, June 28, 2018

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Source Name: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery


Joshua L. Chan, Justin G. Miller, Mandy Murphy, Ann Greenberg, Margaret Iraola, Keith A. Horvath

Chan and colleagues describe a stepwise approach to reducing the time to extubation after cardiac surgery, driven primarily by bedside providers as opposed to a conventional physician-directed approach. The authors demonstrate that this fast-track extubation protocol increased the rate of early extubation and decreased the median time to extubation without altering reintubation or early mortality rates.

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