Determining the utility of temporary pacing wires after coronary artery bypass surgery.

@article{Bethea2005DeterminingTU,
  title={Determining the utility of temporary pacing wires after coronary artery bypass surgery.},
  author={Brian T. Bethea and Jorge D. Salazar and Maura A. Grega and John R. Doty and Torin P. Fitton and Diane E. Alejo and Louis M. Borowicz and Vincent L. Gott and Marc S. Sussman and William A. Baumgartner},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2005},
  volume={79 1},
  pages={
          104-7
        }
}
BACKGROUND Temporary epicardial pacing wires are used routinely after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and can cause rare, catastrophic complications. This study's purpose was to identify patient characteristics predicting the need for pacing after CABG surgery with the potential to limit their utilization. METHODS This prospective observational study involved 290 consecutive patients undergoing CABG at our institution from August 2000 to January 2001. Sixty-eight patients were… CONTINUE READING
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