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Table 3 Cardiac surgeons’ routines regarding saphenous vein harvesting

From: Perioperative routines and surgical techniques for saphenous vein harvesting in CABG surgery: a national cross-sectional study in Sweden

VariableCardiothoracic surgeon (N = 56)
Own frequency of SVH, n (%)
  > 20 times/year32 (57.1)
 11–20 times/year12 (21.4)
 6–10 times/year5 (8.9)
 1–5 times/year5 (8.9)
 Never2 (3.6)
Vein harvester, n (%)
 Attending in cardiothoracic surgery17 (30.4)
 Resident in cardiothoracic surgery16 (28.6)
 Operating theatre nurse5 (8.9)
 Intern14 (25.0)
 Operations assistant1 (1.8)
 Vein harvester2 (3.6)
Common clinical technique for SVH, n (%)
 Yes12 (21.4)
 Partly35 (62.5)
 No7 (12.5)
Type of vein graft, n (%)a
 Conventional44 (78.6)
  “No-touch”17 (30.4)
 Endoscopic0 (0)
Ligation of side branches, n (%) a
 Clips34 (60.7)
 Absorbable ligature18 (32.1)
 Non-absorbable ligature27 (48.2)
 Other1 (1.8)
Diathermy/coagulation, n (%)
 Monopolar diathermy40 (71.4)
 Bipolar diathermy10 (17.9)
 Ultrasound “harmonic scalpel”1 (1.8)
 Never use diathermy3 (5.4)
Suturing the leg/legs, n (%)
 Attending in cardiothoracic surgery13 (23.2)
 Resident in cardiothoracic surgery11 (19.6)
 Operating room nurse4 (7.1)
 Intern23 (41.1)
 Operations assistant1 (1.8)
 Vein harvester2 (3.6)
Skin suture, n (%)
 Intracutaneous suture54 (96.4)
 Skin staples0 (0)
Suture layers in subcutis, n (%)
 One layer23 (41.1)
 Two layer9 (16.1)
 No subcutaneous layer22 (39.3)
Subcutaneous suture, n (%)
 Braided23 (41.1)
 Monofilament24 (42.9)
 No subcutaneous suture9 (16.1)
Intracutaneous suture, n (%)
 Braided4 (7.1)
 Monofilament50 (89.3)
Suture with triclosan (Vicryl+), n (%)
 Always23 (41.1)
 Sometimes9 (16.1)
 Never22 (39.3)
  1. an is more than 56 because it was possible to give more than one answer