|Neonatal Cardiology, 2e|
Chapter 13. Care of the Postoperative Patient
Topics Discussed: cardiac surgery procedures; congenital heart disease; pediatric cardiology.
Sections: Classification of Cardiac Surgeries, Timing of Surgery, Transport and Arrival from the Operating Room, Monitoring, General Principles of Postoperative Care by System, Selected Complications, Suggested Readings.
Excerpt:"To avoid the cumulative morbidity and mortality associated with
initial palliative procedures followed by later repair, primary
corrective surgery has become increasingly common for patients with
congenital heart disease. One result of this trend is that an increasing
number of cardiac surgery procedures are performed on neonates and
even on premature infants. Optimal care of these infants requires
specialized knowledge of the unique structural and functional characteristics
of neonatal organ systems and is best accomplished by a multidisciplinary
team including cardiology, cardiac surgery, neonatology, anesthesia,
and critical care. The purpose of this chapter is to review general
principles of care for these infants. The physiology and surgical
procedures pertinent to specific defects are discussed in Chapters 6, 7, and 8. ..."
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