Category archives for Cardiac Surgery Resuscitation

EMERGENCY RESTERNOTOMY

Emergency resternotomy is a special team skill that is required in a unit that has open heart surgery patients.  It is imperative that this team can work together seamlessly and with precision.  This ICU needs to be trained to assist with this procedure.  Also, due to the fact that the emergency resternotomy is not a […]

RESUSCITATION OF THE CARDIAC SURGICAL PATIENT

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Cardiac surgery patients are different from many other patients for a number of reasons when it comes to resuscitation post arrest. arterial line, Swan-ganz catheter (generally), and cardiac monitor; thus allowing for very early defibrillation without the use of external cardiac massage (ECM). ECM should be avoided if at all possible due to risk of […]