Packing the chest: a useful technique for intractable bleeding after open heart operation.

@article{Bouboulis1994PackingTC,
  title={Packing the chest: a useful technique for intractable bleeding after open heart operation.},
  author={Nick Bouboulis and Lizama Rivas and James Kuo and Dimitrios V. Dougenis and John Henry Dark and Michael P Holden},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={1994},
  volume={57 4},
  pages={856-60; discussion 860-1}
}
Mediastinal bleeding can be a problem after cardiac surgery, either as a result of coagulation derangements or technical problems. We evaluated 100 patients, treated with temporary chest packing for intractable bleeding, of 9,383 undergoing open heart operations during a 10-year period. Preoperatively, 60 of these patients had one or more predisposing factors for bleeding. There were four predominant sites of hemorrhage: general ooze, needle holes of the aortic and atrial suture lines… CONTINUE READING