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Variability in paediatric cardiac postoperative chest tube management

  • Anne C. Taylor (a1), Katherine E. Bates (a2) and Alaina K. Kipps (a1)

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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Author for correspondence: A. K. Kipps, MD, MS, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Stanford School of Medicine, 750 Welch Rd #325, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. Tel: +650 498 2699; Fax: +650 725 8343; E-mail:
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Cardiology in the Young
  • ISSN: 1047-9511
  • EISSN: 1467-1107
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