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Table 5 Postoperative complications

From: A specialized post-anaesthetic care unit improves fast-track management in cardiac surgery: a prospective randomized trial

  PACU group (n = 100) ICU group (n = 100) P value
Cardiac arrhythmia (n) 25 41 0.02
Unstable sternum (n) 1 1 1
Pleural or pericardial effusion (n) 22 14 0.20
Renal failure (n) 2 2 1
Reoperation (n) 5 11 0.19
Stroke (n) 0 2 0.50
Prolonged respiratory insufficiency >24 hours (n) 1 7 0.07
Low cardiac output (n) 0 3 0.25
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (n) 0 5 0.06
Mortality (n) 0 3 0.25
  1. PACU, post-anaesthetic care unit; ICU, intensive care unit.