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Is cardiac surgery training really hazardous?


Most of the times patients, and sometimes surgeons (even trainees) may feel that cardiac surgery training isn’t very safe, and may affect the outcome.


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    year retrospective post-operative analysis of 520 patients who underwent isolated CABG surgery based on morbidity and mortality. The patients were divided into: patients operated by consultants (C), 444 patients and patients operated upon by registrars under supervision (F); 76 patients.


Our results showed highly significant difference in the registrars group compared to consultants for cumulative cardiopulmonary bypass time, and aortic cross clamp time; p <0.01. While there was significant difference concerning post operative chest infection, p<0.05 in the registrars group. There was no statistically significant difference in logistic euro score, in-hospital mortality, incidence of post operative infection, post operative renal impairment, post operative arrhythmias, ICU readmission, post operative stay, reopening or the need for inotropes.


Cardiac surgery training isn’t really a compromise on outcome of patients undergoing CABG.

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Correspondence to M El Saegh.

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El Saegh, M., El Saegh, H., Theologou, T. et al. Is cardiac surgery training really hazardous?. J Cardiothorac Surg 8 (Suppl 1), O94 (2013).

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