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Canadian Neighbor Pharmacy: Prolonged Intubation Rates After Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery and ICU Risk Stratification Score

Coronary artery bypass graftHength of stay in the ICU following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery has been substantially shortened during the past decade, thus reflecting the current trend for what is called fast-track cardiac anesthesia (FTCA). The efforts of physicians to ensure early extubation of patients are supporting this policy in most ICUs, and a vast majority of patients are successfully extubated within 6 to 8 h after the procedure. However, despite this aim, a large number of patients requiring mechanical ventilation still remain in the ICU for > 24 or 48 h, The appropriate identification of these patients could be of interest for planning ICU resources when the patient enters the unit.

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