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July 15, 2014
July 2, 2014
This video demonstrates an ITA cold skeletonization. It was created specifically for cardiothoracic surgery residents, and includes a step-by-step approach to enhance safety and reproducibility.
June 29, 2014
This article looks at the availability of cardiac surgery in africa using a survey to calculate the availability of surgeons around this continent and also looks at the models of care employed.
June 25, 2014
This video illustrates the operative approach used to resect an unusual liver mass located at the cavoatrial junction. Hypothermia circulatory arrest with antegrade cerebral perfusion was used to allow for exposure, resection, and repair.
June 16, 2014
Using data from the Australian Cardiac Surgical Database, the authors provide further information regarding acute kidney damage after cardiac surgery. This study has added to the evidence that preoperative impairment, IABP use, red cell transfusion and infective endocarditis are predictive factors.
Surgery for infective endocarditis complicated by cerebral embolism: A consecutive series of 375 patients
June 16, 2014
The rate of cerebral embolism in patients with acute infective endocarditis (AIE) was about one quarter on CT scanning, with about one third having silent emboli. This had an adverse impact on survival. Haemorrhagic transformation was low. The authors indicate CT scanning should be routine for all patients with AIE.
June 1, 2014
This is a nice video that demonstrates what items are required to safely perform an emergency resternotomy. Might be a nice video to show to your ICU nurses or those who might be required to assist in an emergency resternotomy.
Effectiveness of Biatrial Epicardial Application of Amiodarone Releasing Adhesive Hydrogel to Prevent Postoperative AF
June 1, 2014
This study assessed whether the application of a poly based hydrogel containing amioderone applied to the epicardium at the time of surgery reduced the incidence of post-operative atrial fibrillation. The study randomised 100 patients undergoing cardiac surgery to either receive the amioderone spray at the time of surgery or no intervention.
Effect of the World Health Organization Checklist on Patient Outcomes: A Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial.
May 23, 2014
Stepped wedged cluster randomized control trial from the World Health Organization comparing outcomes in those who received a Checklist. Implementation of the WHO Surgical Safey Checklist decreased morbidty and hospital length of stay.
A systematic review on the efficacy and safety of transcatheter device closure of ventricular septal defects (VSD)
May 15, 2014
The researchers performed a systematic review to look at outcomes and complications associated with transcatheter closure of ventricular septal defects (VSD). This analysis suggests that transcatheter device closure of VSD is safe and yields good results.