Fast-track recovery program after cardiac surgery in a teaching hospital: a quality improvement initiative.

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From: BMC Research Notes(Vol. 14, Issue 1)
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Document Type: Report
Length: 2,712 words
Lexile Measure: 1610L

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Objective Fast-track cardiac anesthesia (FTCA) is a technique that may improve patient access to surgery and maximize workforce utilization. However, feasibility and factors impacting FTCA implementation remain poorly explored both locally and internationally. We describe the specific intraoperative and postoperative protocols for our FTCA program, assess protocol compliance and identify reasons for FTCA failure. Results We tested the program in 16 patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery requiring cardiopulmonary bypass. There was 100% compliance with the FTCA protocols. Four (25%) patients successfully completed the FTCA protocol (extubated Keywords: Cardiac anesthesia, Fast-track anesthesia, Quality improvement, Perioperative flow, Resource allocation

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A662674895