Critical care has long been recognized as a core component of thoracic surgery and has evolved into a multidisciplinary specialty. Optimal CT critical care should employ a system-structured, issue-oriented approach using advanced information technology, and the team should ideally be led by the CT surgeon who performed the operation or a surgeon who is familiar with details of the case. The specialty requires dedicated training to master its unique body of knowledge. Certification through the ABTS is under consideration.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The recognition of cardiothoracic critical care as a separate and integral component of the care of the thoracic surgical patient is emerging. We review the recent exciting emergence of this area of specialization and its important future.
Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 03/2011; 23(1):12-3. DOI:10.1053/j.semtcvs.2011.03.001
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cardiothoracic Surgical Critical Care is rapidly emerging as a distinct new sub-specialty. Based on specific criteria for education, training, certification and credentialing and supported by the parent organizations for cardiothoracic surgery, this new specialty will provide skilled, competent clinicians on all levels who exclusively manage cardiothoracic patient population in specialized, dedicated Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units. Such uniquely qualified clinicians serving in specialized environment for this group of patients have been documented to have a beneficial impact of better clinical outcomes.
International Journal of Surgery (London, England) 02/2012; 10(3):111-4. DOI:10.1016/j.ijsu.2012.02.007 · 1.53 Impact Factor
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