Is routine use of temporary epicardial pacing wires necessary after either OPCAB or conventional CABG/CPB?

@article{Puskas2003IsRU,
  title={Is routine use of temporary epicardial pacing wires necessary after either OPCAB or conventional CABG/CPB?},
  author={John D. Puskas and Erez Sharoni and Willis H. Williams and Rebecca J Petersen and Peggy G. Duke and Robert A. Guyton},
  journal={The heart surgery forum},
  year={2003},
  volume={6 6},
  pages={E103-6}
}
OBJECTIVES Placement of temporary epicardial pacing wires (PWs) after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is routine procedure in many centers, despite infrequent but significant complications, including hemorrhage, tamponade, and death. The resurgence of off-pump CAB (OPCAB) prompted a reexamination of this practice. METHODS Two hundred unselected coronary patients were prospectively randomized to undergo either OPCAB or conventional CABG on cardiopulmonary bypass (CAB G /CPB). Three… CONTINUE READING