Decreasing carotid endarterectomy length of stay at a university hospital.

  title={Decreasing carotid endarterectomy length of stay at a university hospital.},
  author={Leonard T. Su and Jefferey P Carpenter},
  journal={Cardiovascular surgery},
  volume={7 3},
In 1995, a clinical pathway for carotid endarterectomy patients was instituted at the authors' institution. The effect of this program on length of stay and patient outcomes was investigated. Records of 152 consecutive carotid endarterectomies performed by a single surgeon over a 45-month period with identical technique (general anesthesia, routine shunting, closure with a dacron patch) were reviewed. Comparison of patients treated under the pathway (n = 119) and those prior to that policy (n… CONTINUE READING
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