Katz NM. The evolution of cardiothoracic critical care

Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md 21287-4618, USA.
The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery (Impact Factor: 4.17). 01/2011; 141(1):3-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2010.09.005
Source: PubMed


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.

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