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    ABSTRACT: Assessing the impact of chest tube removal timing following a coronary artery bypass grafting surgery on the clinical outcome. Eighty-three consecutive patients were randomly assigned to either have the chest tube removed 24 hours (Group A) or 48 hours (Group B) postoperatively. Chest tubes were removed on the condition that drainage was less than 100 cc for the last 8 hours. Pre- and postoperative data were analyzed. The following preoperative and intraoperative risk factors were more prevalent among Group A patients: previous MI (60.5% vs 40.7%, p = 0.11), previous CVA (9.1% vs 0%, p = 0.11), hypertension (72.7% vs 55.6%, p = 0.14), pump time (111.6 min vs 96.8 min, p = 0.07), and cross-clamp time (73.8 min vs 64.4 min, p = 0.07). Postoperatively, there was a lower demand for analgesics in Group A (2.1 times for 12 hours at 36 hours vs 3.6 p = 0.09), lower white blood cell count (10,947 at 48 hours vs 11,576, p = 0.39) a higher oxygen saturation (91.9% at 48 hours vs 88.9%, p = 0.07), higher expiratory volumes (594 mL at 36 hours vs 514 mL p = 0.08) and earlier mobilization (23% walking at 48 hours vs 4%, p = 0.01). Pleural effusion and atelectasis were less frequent in Group A in both chest X-rays (66% vs 73%, p = 0.6 and 64% vs 75%, p = 0.47, respectively) and CT scans (19% vs 41%, p = 0.1 and 84% vs 96%, p = 0.42, respectively). There was no difference between the two groups in the prevalence of serous wound discharge and the length of hospital stay and there were no reported cases of pneumonia throughout the study. In cases where no excessive drainage accumulates, early removal of the chest tubes was found to be a policy that improves the postoperative outcome and decreases the need for supportive treatment such as analgetics, physiotherapy, nurse care, and oxygen. This policy did not involve significant residual effusions.
    Journal of Cardiac Surgery 01/2005; 20(2):142-6. · 1.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A prospective double-blind randomized study undertaken to assess the effect of postoperative prophylactic "renal-dose" dopamine on post-coronary artery bypass grafting surgery's clinical outcome. Eighty-five consecutive patients undergoing CABG operation were randomized to receive either 3-5 microg/kg/min dopamine (group D, n = 41) or saline as placebo (group P, n = 45) for 48 postoperative hours. Clinical outcome parameters were collected for four postoperative days. Preoperative and operative parameters were similar in both groups. Four patients from group P and none from group D reached an end-point of the study (oliguria, renal dysfunction) and received dopamine. Two patients from group P and none from group D needed an additional inotropic support. Mean arterial pressure values were similar during the first 24 hours after operation, but left atrial pressure values tended to be higher in group P (10 +/- 4 vs 7 +/- 3 mmH2O, p = 0.18). The mean pH was higher in group D at 8 hours after operation (7.38 +/- 0.2 vs 7.36 +/- 0.3, p = NS), due to higher bicarbonate levels (23 +/- 2 mmol/l vs 21 +/- 2, p = 0.49). The incidence of lung congestion in chest X-rays and CT scans was significantly higher in group P (50% vs 29%, p = 0.073 at 48 hours postoperatively). Room air blood O2 saturation and maximal expiratory volume tended to be higher in group D (at 72 hours after operation- 92 +/- 4 vs 90%+/- 5, p = 0.29 and 646 +/- 276 vs 485 ml +/- 206, p = 0.16, respectively). There was no statistical difference in urine output but the amount of furosemide given to patients in group P was significantly higher (during the first 8 hours 2.5 +/- 0.5 vs. 0.3 mg +/- 1.6, p = 0.07). Plasma creatinine levels were significantly lower in group D (at 24 hours 0.93 +/- 0.02 vs 1.05 mg/dL +/- 0.02, p = 0.02). Mobilization after surgery was faster in group D. Prophylactic dopamine administration after coronary artery bypass grafting surgery improves patient hemodynamic and renal status, reduces the need for additional medical support (inotropes and furosemide) and thus, provides stable postoperative course.
    Journal of Cardiac Surgery 01/2004; 19(2):128-33. · 1.35 Impact Factor