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Variability in paediatric cardiac postoperative chest tube management

Part of: Surgery

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 September 2018

Anne C. Taylor
Affiliation:
Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Katherine E. Bates
Affiliation:
Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan School of Medicine, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Alaina K. Kipps
Affiliation:
Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto, CA, USA
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Abstract

Limited evidence exists to guide chest tube management following cardiac surgery in children. We assessed chest tube practice variation by surveying paediatric heart centres to prepare for a multi-site quality improvement project. We summarised management strategies highlighting variability in criteria for chest tube removal between and within centres. This lack of standardisation provides an opportunity for quality improvement.

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