This book or 'briefing' has been written for trainee clinicians of various disciplines who find themselves suddenly and perhaps temporarily involved in the management of patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Importantly, it has also been designed to appeal to those who are involved in such care not only in the operating theatre, but elsewhere along the cardiac surgical pathway as an insight to both preoperative and postoperative needs. The briefing and the style in which it is written is based upon the author's extensive experience in training a variety of individuals in the cardiac operating theatre. So it has been created in a way which should appeal not only to trainee anaesthetists, but also to other involved clinicians which include trainee surgeons, perfusionists, anaesthetic support staff, ward, theatre and critical care nurses and therapists involved in the care of cardiac surgical patients.Sections cover the following topics: preoperative evaluation, to theatre - preparation for surgery, before cardiopulmonary bypass, all about cardiopulmonary bypass, arresting the heart and myocardial protection, adult surgical procedures, weaning from bypass, clotting, drugs and support after bypass, chest closure, and transfer to postoperative critical care.
This book also incorporates a CD-ROM with animations which illustrate some of the more pertinent points of the text.