The use of smaller, more flexible chest drains following open heart surgery : an initial evaluation.

@article{Lancey2001TheUO,
  title={The use of smaller, more flexible chest drains following open heart surgery : an initial evaluation.},
  author={Robert A Lancey and C Gaca and Thomas J. Vander Salm},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2001},
  volume={119 1},
  pages={19-24}
}
STUDY OBJECTIVES To evaluate the safety and efficacy of smaller-caliber drains in patients undergoing open heart surgery. DESIGN A retrospective analysis of the medical records and chest radiographs assembled data on total amount of drainage, number of days of drainage, length of postoperative stay, appearance of postoperative chest radiographs, and need for further drainage from either the pleural or pericardial spaces. SETTING A large university-based teaching hospital, where > 800 open… CONTINUE READING

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