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Quality improvment in cardiac surgery

Son Nguyen, Allen Zhu, William Toppen, Adeel Ashfaq, Jessica Davis, Richard Shemin, Abie H Mendelsohn, Peyman Benharash
Although the true incidence of postoperative dysphagia after cardiac surgery is unknown, it has been reported to occur in 3 to 21.6 per cent of patients. Historically, dysphagia has been associated with increased surgical complications and prolonged hospital stay. This study aimed to evaluate the costs and outcomes associated with dysphagia after cardiac surgery. Patients undergoing nonemergent, nontransplant cardiac operations between June 2013 and June 2014 were eligible for inclusion. Independent predictors of cost were identified through a multivariate linear regression model...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Colin F Royse, Leif Saager, Richard Whitlock, Jared Ou-Young, Alistair Royse, Jessica Vincent, P J Devereaux, Andrea Kurz, Ahmed Awais, Krit Panjasawatwong, Daniel I Sessler
BACKGROUND: Inflammation after cardiopulmonary bypass may contribute to postoperative delirium and cognitive dysfunction. The authors evaluated the effect of high-dose methylprednisolone to suppress inflammation on the incidence of delirium and postoperative quality of recovery after cardiac surgery. METHODS: Five hundred fifty-five adults from three hospitals enrolled in the randomized, double-blind Steroids in Cardiac Surgery trial were randomly allocated to placebo or 250 mg methylprednisolone at induction and 250 mg methylprednisolone before cardiopulmonary bypass...
October 24, 2016: Anesthesiology
Cheng Sun, Heng Zhang, Zhe Zheng
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The efficacy and safety of β-blockers in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, such as ischemic heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, and heart failure, have been well established for decades. In this article, we review the current opinions on the application of β-blockers for secondary prevention in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. RECENT FINDINGS: As the average age of patients treated surgically for coronary artery disease (CAD) is increasing, it is not uncommon to have candidates for CABG presenting with concomitant atrial fibrillation, heart failure or hypertension, most of which were caused by excessive activation of the adrenergic nervous system...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Jack H Boyd, Vedant S Pargaonkar, David H Scoville, Ian S Rogers, Takumi Kimura, Shigemitsu Tanaka, Ryotaro Yamada, Michael P Fischbein, Jennifer A Tremmel, Robert Scott Mitchell, Ingela Schnittger
BACKGROUND: Left anterior descending artery myocardial bridges (MBs) range from clinically insignificant incidental angiographic findings to a potential cause of sudden cardiac death. Within this spectrum, a group of patients with isolated, symptomatic, and hemodynamically significant MBs despite maximally tolerated medical therapy exist for whom the optimal treatment is controversial. We evaluated supraarterial myotomy, or surgical unroofing, of the left anterior descending MBs as an isolated procedure in these patients...
October 1, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Kimberly Giraud, Megan Pontin, Linda D Sharples, Paul Fletcher, Tim Dalgleish, Allaina Eden, David P Jenkins, Alain Vuylsteke
Introduction: Post-operative delirium remains a significant problem, particularly in the older surgical patient. Previous evidence suggests that the provision of supplementary visual feedback about ones environment via the use of a mirror may positively impact on mental status and attention (core delirium diagnostic domains). We aimed to explore whether use of an evidence-based mirrors intervention could be effective in reducing delirium and improving post-operative outcomes such as factual memory encoding of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) environment in older cardiac surgical patients...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Sten Lyager Nielsen
Transcatheter mitral valve (MV) intervention has emerged as an effective treatment option for symptomatic severe mitral regurgitation (MR) in patients considered to be inoperable or at high operative risk for surgical MV surgery. In primary mitral regurgitation, surgical repair is the standard of care. Transcatheter edge-to-edge MV repair with the MitraClip system has the largest clinical experience to date, and offers a sustained clinical benefit in selected surgical high-risk patients. Surgery for secondary MR remains a challenge...
October 13, 2016: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
Jeffrey L Carson, Gordon Guyatt, Nancy M Heddle, Brenda J Grossman, Claudia S Cohn, Mark K Fung, Terry Gernsheimer, John B Holcomb, Lewis J Kaplan, Louis M Katz, Nikki Peterson, Glenn Ramsey, Sunil V Rao, John D Roback, Aryeh Shander, Aaron A R Tobian
Importance: More than 100 million units of blood are collected worldwide each year, yet the indication for red blood cell (RBC) transfusion and the optimal length of RBC storage prior to transfusion are uncertain. Objective: To provide recommendations for the target hemoglobin level for RBC transfusion among hospitalized adult patients who are hemodynamically stable and the length of time RBCs should be stored prior to transfusion. Evidence Review: Reference librarians conducted a literature search for randomized clinical trials (RCTs) evaluating hemoglobin thresholds for RBC transfusion (1950-May 2016) and RBC storage duration (1948-May 2016) without language restrictions...
October 12, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
B G Challis, R T Casey, H L Simpson, M Gurnell
Phaeochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PPGLs) are catecholamine secreting neuroendocrine tumours that predispose to haemodynamic instability. Currently, surgery is the only available curative treatment, but carries potential risks including hypertensive and hypotensive crises, cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial infarction and stroke, due to tumoral release of catecholamines during anaesthetic induction and tumour manipulation. The mortality associated with surgical resection of PPGL has significantly improved from 20-45% in the early 20(th) century(1) to 0-2...
October 3, 2016: Clinical Endocrinology
Claudia Delgado-Corcoran, Katherine H Wolpert, Kathryn Lucas, Stephanie Bodily, Angela P Presson, Susan L Bratton
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether judicious blood testing impacts timing or amount of packed RBC transfusions in infants after heart surgery. DESIGN: A retrospective study comparing before and after initiation of a quality improvement process. SETTING: A university-affiliated cardiac ICU at a tertiary care children's hospital. PATIENTS: Infants less than 1 year old with Risk Adjustment for Congenital Heart Surgery category 4, 5, 6, or d-transposition of great arteries (Risk Adjustment for Congenital Heart Surgery 3) consecutively treated during 2010 through 2013...
September 22, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Erica Pettke, Nicole Ilonzo, Martha Ayewah, Sara Tsantes, Alison Estabrook, Aye Moe Thu Ma
BACKGROUND: This study compares early postoperative breast cancer outcomes between patients 80 years and older (older patients) and those younger than 80 years (<80 years). METHODS: The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database was used to identify patients who had breast surgery between 2005 and 2013 for malignancy. RESULTS: Older patients had a significantly higher percentage of comorbidities and partial mastectomies. Postoperatively, they had higher rates of pneumonia, urinary tract infection, cardiac arrest, and mortality but had lower rates of wound dehiscence, deep wound, and organ space infections...
October 2016: American Journal of Surgery
R A Chemtob, T G Eskesen, H Moeller-Soerensen, A Perner, H B Ravn
BACKGROUND: Adequate tissue oxygenation is necessary to maintain organ function. Low venous oxygen saturation may reflect impaired tissue oxygenation, and may be used as a predictive tool and a therapeutic target to improve the care of critically ill patients. We therefore conducted a systematic review of the existing literature reflecting these aspects. METHODS: We searched electronic databases in January 2016 for relevant studies on venous oxygen saturation for treatment guidance and patient outcome...
November 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Eric C Cheon, Hannah L Palac, Kristine H Paik, John Hajduk, Gildasio S De Oliveira, Narasimhan Jagannathan, Santhanam Suresh
BACKGROUND: To date, the independent predictors and outcomes of unplanned postoperative intubation (UPI) in pediatric patients after noncardiac surgery are yet to be characterized. The authors aimed to identify the incidence and predictors of this event and evaluated the effect of this event on postoperative mortality. METHODS: Data of 87,920 patients from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Pediatric database were analyzed and assigned to derivation (n = 58,614; 66...
November 2016: Anesthesiology
Anair Beverly, Ethan Y Brovman, Raymond J Malapero, Robert W Lekowski, Richard D Urman
OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence, timing, risk factors for, and outcomes after unplanned reintubation following cardiac surgery in adults. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of admission data from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project Database, 2007-2013, inclusive. Univariate and multivariate analyses of risk factors and outcomes. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 18,571 patients, over 18 years of age, undergoing cardiac surgery...
May 21, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Matthew Goodwin, Kaori Ito, Arielle H Gupta, Emanuel P Rivers
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Protocolized care for early shock resuscitation (PCESR) has been intensely examined over the last decade. The purpose is to review the pathophysiologic basis, historical origin, clinical applications, components and outcome implications of PCESR. RECENT FINDINGS: PCESR is a multifaceted systems-based approach that includes early detection of high-risk patients and interventions to rapidly reverse hemodynamic perturbations that result in global or regional tissue hypoxia...
October 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Mohamed Abdelazez, Patrick Quesnel, Adrian Chan, Homer Yang
: The objective of this study is to propose and validate an alarm gating system for a myocardial ischemia monitoring system that uses ambulatory electrocardiogram (AECG). The PeriOperative ISchemic Evaluation (POISE) study recommended the selective administration of β blockers to patients at risk of cardiac events following non-cardiac surgery. Patients at risk are identified by monitoring ST-segment deviations in the electrocardiogram (ECG); however, patients are encouraged to ambulate to improve recovery, which deteriorates the signal quality of the ECG leading to false alarms...
August 25, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
Sara L Zettervall, Peter A Soden, Katie E Shean, Sarah E Deery, Klaas H J Ultee, Matthew Alef, Jeffrey J Siracuse, Marc L Schermerhorn
BACKGROUND: Early extubation after cardiac surgery is associated with decreased hospital stay and resource savings with similar mortality and has led to the widespread use of early extubation protocols. In the Vascular Quality Initiative, there is significant regional variation in the frequency of extubation in the operating room (endovascular aneurysm repair [EVAR], 77%-97%; open repair, 30%-70%) after repair of intact abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). However, the effects of extubation practices on patient outcomes after repair of AAAs are unclear...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Eric J Keller, Robert L Vogelzang, Benjamin H Freed, James C Carr, Jeremy D Collins
BACKGROUND: Quality improvement efforts in cardiovascular imaging have been challenged by limited adoption of initiatives and policies. In order to better understand this limitation and inform future efforts, the range clinical values related to cardiovascular imaging at a large academic hospital was characterized. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 15 Northwestern Medicine physicians from internal medicine, cardiology, emergency medicine, cardiac/vascular surgery, and radiology were interviewed about their use of cardiovascular imaging and imaging guidelines...
2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Ruchika Goel, Melissa M Cushing, Aaron A R Tobian
Red blood cell transfusions are a common life-saving intervention for neonates and children with anemia, but transfusion decisions, indications, and doses in neonates and children are different from those of adults. Patient blood management (PBM) programs are designed to assist clinicians with appropriately transfusing patients. Although PBM programs are well recognized and appreciated in the adult setting, they are quite far from standard of care in the pediatric patient population. Adult PBM standards cannot be uniformly applied to children, and there currently is significant variation in transfusion practices...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
James H Mehaffey, Damien J LaPar, Margret C Tracci, Kenneth J Cherry, John A Kern, Irving Kron, Gilbert R Upchurch
BACKGROUND: Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is a commonly performed vascular operation. Yet, postoperative length of stay (LOS) varies greatly even within institutions. In this study, the morbidity and mortality, as well as financial impact of increased LOS were reviewed to establish modifiable factors associated with prolonged hospital stay. METHODS: The Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative database was used to identify all patients undergoing primary CEA at a single institution between June 1, 2011 and November 28, 2014...
August 20, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Joseph E Ebinger, Brandon R Porten, Craig E Strauss, Ross F Garberich, Christopher Han, Sharon K Wahl, Benjamin C Sun, Raed H Abdelhadi, Timothy D Henry
Postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is a frequent complication of cardiac surgery, which results in increased morbidity, mortality, length of stay, and hospital costs. We developed and followed a process map to implement a protocol to decrease POAF: (1) identify stakeholders and form a working committee, (2) formal literature and guideline review, (3) retrospective analysis of current institutional data, (4) data modeling to determine expected effects of change, (4) protocol development and implementation into the electronic medical record, and (5) ongoing review of data and protocol adjustment...
September 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
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