Volume 1 Supplement 1
Postoperative complications following cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass
© Current Science Ltd 1997
Published: 1 March 1997
Cardiac surgery using cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) is associated with a low mortality, and planned hospital stays of less than 7 days imply a low incidence of major morbidity. We challenge this notion, having observed considerable morbidity attributable to low grade organ dysfunction; the purpose of this study was to quantify postoperative morbidity.
A retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data on all adult cardiac surgery patients presenting at the Duke Heart Center 1993-1995. Thirty-one named complications were recorded and described as patients cardiac or non-cardiac (further ascribed to specific organs) and the hospital lengths of stay (Hlos) associated with each named complication was noted.
Mortality and morbidity